Many homeowners over-look the important step of sanding a wood deck. Sanding a wood deck is very important not only to the life of the deck but the usability of the deck. Just think about all the times that people will be walking on the deck in bare feet or thin shoes.
A smooth and even deck is much more comfortable. In addition, there are fewer chances of splinters and injuries from exposed nails. Here are some tips for sanding a wood deck that will help you.
Make Minor Repairs
It is important to make minor repairs to the deck. Nails can come loose with time and become exposed. You can remove the nails and replace with deck wood screws. The other option is to set the nails deeper into the wood. You should double check the deck to make certain that all screws and nails are flush with the wood.
Examine the deck for loose decking boards, warped boards, and loose pieces of hand railing or support beams. Replace any rotten spots with new wood. You can often blend the new wood between sanding and re-staining the deck. Minor repairs are important because there is so much potential for accidents on a deck.
Additionally, you can give a deck a fresh face-life with minor repairs. Take the time to complete this step of the process prior to actually sanding a wood deck. You will be glad that you invested the extra time for this when the project is complete.
Renting a Sander
Hand sanding is very efficient but it can be extremely rough on the hands, shoulders and back. Many homeowners will either invest in a small sander for their wood home improvement projects or rent a sander from a commercial dealer. It is recommended that you either rent or buy a sander for sanding a wood deck. After all, it is a great deal of area to sand.
The part of the sanding project is to use coarse sand paper on the areas that are extremely rough. If the deck is has paint, you can remove the paint with coarse sanding. Be careful not to press too hard or sand too much because coarse sanding removes a larger amount of wood surface than the finer sanding.
Coarse sanding is good for areas that are extremely rough or chipped to smooth them out. You will also want to lightly coarse sand the new pieces of wood added to the deck during the repairs. This will help them blend in better.
Fine Sanding and Blowing
Remove the coarse sanding paper from the sander and switch to a fine grit sanding paper. Go over the entire deck with an even amount of pressure. This will remove excess dirt, smooth the surface and make the deck look almost brand new again.
Once the coarse and fine sanding has been completed it is time to blow the deck. You can use a leaf blower to blow off all the grit and sand dust that will have accumulated on the deck during the project.
Finalizing the Project
The final step to sanding a wood deck is rinsing the wood deck with a full force of water. This will wash off any grit, dust and dirt that the blower did not remove. Additionally, it will open the pores of the wood surface to absorb stain better. Your deck will look like a whole new deck with a good sanding every few years and minor repairs.