Deck Maintenance and Repair Forum

No deck will last forever but at our maintenance and repair forum you will see that decks can certainly be very close to maintenance free if built the right way.

Repairing old decking or fixing portions that have rotted are common tasks but there are comments on staining and more.

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Repair Replace Rotted Cantilevered Balcony Deck 
I have a cantilevered balcony deck that is in need of repair and replacing decking from rot. The deck is approximately 4' x 14' on a house that I recently …

Cedar deck problems - Black Spots 
I had a cedar deck built last year and have had nothing but problems. Right after it was built the wood started turning all spotty black. It looked sort …

How can I tell if a cantilevered balcony safe? 
I am purchasing a home with a cantilevered balcony, built in 1960. T The balcony runs the entire length of the house (42 ft) and is 5 ft wide. The floor …

Putting gorilla tape or some other product on top of deck joist 
I used yellow pine wood for my deck joist because I can not use treated lumber due to aluminum columns holding up the outside of the deck. I understand …

Roof Top Deck Rail Posts Leaking 
I have a deck built on top of a flat roof. The roof leaks heavily around the 4x4 posts securing the deck to the roof. I have tried tar and roof tape …

Solution for rooftop decks 
Hi all - I live in a townhouse complex in Vancouver in which all units have a rooftop deck located above a flat section of roof. What we are seeing …

Rain Water Drainage on Deck 
I had a 4m x 3m softwood deck built last summer. All in all a good job. The problem I have now is standing rain water in some areas. It takes days to …

Removing Old Paint from a Deck 
How to I remove old flaky paint from my deck boards? I have 4 layers. I have tried stripping it off but it did not work. What are my options? My deck …

Tar paper over joists/mainbeams do or don't. 
With ACQ pressure treated lumber, is there any known benefit as per the manufacture to capping contacting surfaces with tar paper, for example, joists …

Leaking roof deck over sunroom 
We have a deck which is the roof or our sun room. The pitch is wrong and water stands on the deck in various places. We have leaks in the sunroom. …

Resurfacing a Wood Deck 
Our two-level pressure treated wood deck is about 15 years old and the deck boards are not looking so good anymore. Is there something we could put …

Best Solid Latex Stain For a Deck 
I have a deck with solid latex stain on top of it, it needs to be freshened up. I really would like to know what is the best solid latex stain for a deck. …

Cedar deck restaining and raised fibers 
Our new cedar deck was installed in February 2011. In the spring I cleaned our deck with a brush and applied a cleaner. We have been living with …

Leaking Roof Deck Over Garage 
I need some info. My husband died last year. He built a large deck over the top of our double car garage and it has several layers of elastomeric on …

Sealing Galvanized Nail Fasteners Heads in Decking 
I have completed a hardwood deck fixed with galvanized decking nails. I have heard that hairspray over the tops of the galvanized nails and fasteners …

Cleaning Composite Wood Decks 
Acid rain has stained our composite wood deck. How do we clean it without harming the composite wood? What product works best?

Rotting Joists on Cantilevered Balcony 
We bought a house with a second story balcony. The joists cantilever out beyond the wall to support the balcony. Over time the joists of the deck have …

Preventing Deck Joists From Rot 
Would you put tar paper over deck joists to minimize rot or would it tend to hold moisture ? Would you also leave a gap between butt joints for the …

Metal Plates for Deck Repair of Stairs 
I am repairing my deck staircase. I need some straight metal plates with holes to secure the wood and support joints. Where do you get such plates. …

Cleaning & Preserving Finished Metal Patio Furniture 
How do I clean & preserve the finish on the metal finished chairs of the patio set used for my patio deck.

Rotting Cantilevered Deck Joists 
I have a situation where my cantilevered deck joists are in poor condition. I am wondering how far in beyond the wall should the new joists go and what …

How Long Before Applying Deck Stain 
How long should I wait to stain and waterproof my new deck?

How many and how large of a bracket to support balcony 3' x 22'? Not rated yet
Replacing a cantilevered deck as the joists are starting to rot out. Previous owner had sistered new joists to existing members and replanked deck so it …

How To Fix A Deck That Has Risen and Now Slopes Toward House Not rated yet
I have a 10x10 upper deck held up by 2 pillars. these pillars have raised and the water runs toward the door. Would I be able to remove shorten the pillars …

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Second floor balcony leak in San Diego Not rated yet
I am repairing my second floor wood balcony where there is a sliding glass door. The wood is about 25 years old and rotted. When it rains water leaks …

Restain a 3.5 year old deck - Do I need to strip? Not rated yet
I built a fairly simple one story deck three and a half years ago and used Behr 2 yr transparent stain/seal. Do I need to strip it down, or could I …

Best stain for new deck and sun exposure Not rated yet
We are currently finishing a new deck and had a question about what is the best stain to protect a new deck out on the market? The decking is cedar …

Suggestions to restain or repaint deck Not rated yet
Here are pictures of the front deck at my house. I would like to get some suggestions on what I should do to prepare the surfaces and whether I should …

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