Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker (Fred Griffin Real Estate)

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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Use screws, sand the wood, use a quality stain. Take your time.

Feb 26, 2021 04:01 AM
Peter Mohylsky, Beach Expert
PMI. Destin - Miramar Beach, FL
Call me at 850-517-7098

Wash, replace bad boards, fasten loose boards with screws.  Nice weekend project,  paint out stain to tast.  It is your deck or are you prepping for sale. It it were mine, I’d check into synthetic wood.

Feb 26, 2021 03:27 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Deck screws are a must.  Replace bad wood, sand all the wood and use a high quality stain & sealer.  I'm sure Debbie Gartner could recommend a good product to use.

Feb 26, 2021 02:16 AM
Dario Ferreira
Attleboro, MA
Internet Marketing & SEO

I'd use screws, never nails.

I'd go with a high quality solid or semi-solid stain.
I would not use transparent sealers, otherwise you'll be doing it every year.

Feb 25, 2021 05:23 PM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

I was always for wood, but gave in to Trex as it is SO much easier to care for. Our cedar deck rotted away. We didn't want to use pressure-treated wood due to the arsenic component, especially with children around. Previously had used red wood, with screws and hubby covered each hole with a red wood plug to make the deck perfectly smooth. That was when the children were very little; no splinters.

Feb 26, 2021 06:00 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Sand it first to get the dry, weathered part off before painting or staining so it soaks in evenly to protect.

Feb 25, 2021 05:57 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Screws, and high quality stain.  A

Feb 26, 2021 07:19 AM
Cathy Starkweather
La Rosa Realty, LLC. - Celebration, FL

We've done this a few times with renovations. Agreed, always screws. Some boards may need to be replaced. Sanding may be required, depending on condition. Pressure wash, let dry fully and stain. Some prefer clear, if the wood is two colors, I'd suggest a stain with color or full color stain. Test a few hidden spots for color if desired to ensure you're happy with the look before staining the entire deck. 

Feb 26, 2021 04:52 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Screws to secure, power wash to prep it for a drink of oil.. stain but never ever paint. The deck is the outside living room and pretty important area if you are parked on the water, big view, etc.

Feb 26, 2021 04:00 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Screws and deck stain.

Feb 25, 2021 11:49 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Agree with Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! Sand it first. 

Then use a high-quality stain.  IMHO...painted decks need more maintenance

Feb 25, 2021 09:08 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

I am a fan of screws in decks ... stain not paint. 

Feb 26, 2021 07:49 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

I just went thru this with my parents deck. It was stained & parts of it were a disaster with peeling. Not sure why it was happening. 

Since you didn't build the deck, I'd be sure there were no nails that could work their way out & kill your feet.

I think the deck looks ok. I'd just clean it with that deck wash they have now.

Feb 26, 2021 05:35 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Wow Fred you are one busy guy! I have no idea.....

Feb 26, 2021 03:36 PM
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 - Silver Spring, MD
Fluent in Real Estate & German, M.A. ABR ASP CIPS

At a recent home inspection my buyers, the inspector and I were discussing how to best prolong the life of the existing deck to focus on other projects first. 

The inspector offered a brilliant - IMHO - solution: carefully remove the boards and flip them upside down! The other side will often show much less wear and tear than the one that had been exposed to the elements for years. Then you can decide if you want to leave it natural, stain and/or use a product such as Deckover for a smooth finish and to prevent splinters.  

Feb 26, 2021 01:00 PM
Eve Alexander
Buyers Broker of Florida - Tampa, FL
Exclusively Representing ONLY Tampa Home Buyers

Only screws and TREX stain or wood rot.


Feb 26, 2021 09:22 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Evolution - 447 Boston Street, Suite #5, Topsfield, MA - Topsfield, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

We just did this with the deck at our home. We replace the decking with a manufactured wood ($5.25/linear foot) that doesn't need painting then replaced the railing with an acrylic railing system. This Spring we will build a small patio and move the grill off the deck and onto the patio. We used clips to join the decking and galvanized screws where necessary

Feb 26, 2021 07:54 AM