How do I more old worn deck to life without replacing it?

Just bought a house with a worn and unloved deck. Is there someway I can bring it to life without the expense of replacing it?
q how do i more old worn deck to life without replacing it
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  • 27524803 27524803 on Apr 23, 2018
    Before you go to all the work of refurbishing the deck.... FIRST make sure that it is structurally sound... otherwise you just wasted a lot of $$ and effort... Start by giving the deck a good power washing... then assess its condition....There is a product called "Deck Over" it is a paint type treatment that will cover over splinters (although, you should sand down any really rough areas first)... just follow the directions

  • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on Apr 23, 2018
    Hi Shelly,
    It's hard to tell from the pic, but I'm assuming that it is wood and that what we are seeing is leaves on top of the wood. As long as the wood isn't cracked or broken, you should be able to power wash it, stain it and seal it. Be careful with the power wash though because if the wood is very dry, it might tear off slivers of wood. If necessary, you could sand it (rent a sander or get one from a friend if you don't have one.) to smooth our minor wood issues but from what I can see, it just looks old and dried out. Cleaning, staining and sealing should help that. Wishing you the best.

  • April Wykle April Wykle on Apr 23, 2018
    If it's cleaned off and dried (if moldy in areas where leaves sat it can be sprayed to remove it with 1/3 bleach to 2/3 water, before cleaning deck)
    you can rent a floor sander to smooth it up and add a waterproof deck stain, or, clear deck finish to preserve it again.
    I understand keeping it, it is beautifully laid out!
    Best Wishes!
    ~ GOD IS GOOD ~

  • Cindy Hagemann Cindy Hagemann on Apr 23, 2018
    Pressure wash it, then stain it with something like Thompson's water seal, cut back all of the trees that are blocking the sun.

  • Ken Ken on Apr 23, 2018
    Just an add-on to Linda's great advice... If the deck is worse than it looks Rust-Oleum makes a product called "Restore" for use on weathered decks. It is thick and will cover a lot of bad stuff. Reviews have been variable, but if the deck has deteriorated enough to consider replacement I think it is worth a try.

  • Trudi Trudi on Apr 23, 2018
    Give it a light sanding, restain and then put several coats of sealer on.

  • Ann Cherkas Halstead Ann Cherkas Halstead on Apr 23, 2018
    Paint with deck over. A wonderful product

  • Sharon Sharon on Apr 24, 2018
    A couple tips, if power washing dont't use the highest setting as it will remove wood. Have it inspected to see if any of the wood is rotten, as I can tell you from experience..... falling through a deck is a painful experience.... happened to me on a treated lumber deck that I checked before stepping on it.... after standing in one spot to trim tree overhang, the wood gave way and down I went....

  • Lisa S. Lisa S. on Apr 24, 2018
    Make sure it is not rotten. Check underneath at the supports as well. Have it power washed or do it yourself. The stain it. Apply Thompson's water seal on it to protect it from damage.

  • Billy Billy on Apr 28, 2018
    Wash it and check for rotted deck boards. Sometimes they’re only rotted on the ends and can be removed, cut down to a smaller size and reused. There is probably a lot of rotted ends (or will be) with that deck pattern.

    You Can read of plenty of ways to remove deck boards but what has worked best for me is to drill holes on one side of the screws and pry the board over, then up and off. Then I just break the old screws of with a whack of a hammer, one or both ways.