Bear Mountain Custom Painting, the leading house painting company in Alpharetta, also offers deck restoration services. We can replace rotted wood with new wood, refit the entire deck with modern composite materials, and ensure the enduring beauty and structural integrity of your outdoor space. While we don’t usually undertake deck painting and sealing as an individual project, we will professionally paint or seal your deck once we finish the resurfacing or restoration project.

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The Process of Replacing Rotten Wood on Your Deck

Over time, wood decks will succumb to the elements. Rot and decay may occur after years of exposure. Bear Mountain can restore your deck with a full replacement of the decking materials and guarantee decades of additional service.

Identifying Rotten Wood

We start by identifying rotten wood on your deck. Sometimes the wood turns green, other times, it may be spongy, and still other times it may crumble under pressure from a screwdriver or hammer. We’ll find any wood that needs to be replaced.

Removing Rotten Wood

Once you’ve identified the rotten sections, the next step is to remove them. Carefully dismantle the affected areas, taking care not to damage surrounding structures. It’s crucial to remove all traces of rot to prevent it from spreading to healthy wood.

Preparing the Area

Once we’ve removed the obviously rotting wood sections from your deck, we’ll take another look to make sure we didn’t miss any sections that we would label “high risk.” After that inspection, we’ll clean the surface and make sure our measurements are perfect.

Installing New Wood

First, we usually choose pressure-treated lumber for the replacement sections, as it is treated with chemicals that resist decay and insect damage. We then cut the new wood to the appropriate size and secure it in place using galvanized screws or nails to prevent rusting. Next we’ll guarantee that the new wood is level, then properly aligned the new sections with your existing structure.

Finishing Touches on Your Deck Restoration

After installing the new wood, we sand down rough edges and surfaces to create a smooth finish. Finally, we will apply a high-quality sealant or wood preservative to protect the wood from moisture and UV damage. Regular maintenance, including cleaning and re-sealing, will extend the life of your restored deck.

Upgrading Your Deck to Long-Lasting Composite Materials

Composite materials have become increasingly popular for deck restoration due to their durability and low maintenance requirements. Upgrading to composite decking can significantly enhance the lifespan and appearance of your deck.

Benefits of Composite Materials

Composite decking is made from a blend of wood fibers and recycled plastic, which offer several advantages over traditional wood. Firstly, composite materials are resistant to rot, insects, and weathering, making them ideal for outdoor use. Composites also reduce the need for maintenance. Unlike wood, composite decking does not require regular staining or sealing. It retains its appearance with minimal upkeep. Thirdly, composite decking comes in a variety of colors and finishes, mimicking the look of natural wood without the price tag of exotic lumber like teak and other Brazilian wood.

Installation Process For Composite Decking

Upgrading to composite decking involves removing the old wood decking and replacing it with composite boards. The underlying structure, if still in good condition, can often be reused. Composite boards are typically installed using hidden fasteners, creating a seamless, nail-free surface. This installation method not only enhances the deck’s appearance but also prevents potential tripping hazards.

Upgrading Your Deck to High-End Wood Types

Benefits of High-End Wood

High-end wood types are known for their natural resistance to rot, insects, and weathering. These woods offer superior durability and an exquisite appearance that enhances the overall aesthetic of your outdoor space. Ipe (Brazilian Walnut), for instance, is one of the most durable and dense hardwoods on the market. It resists rot, insects, and the weather, and it can last for up to 50 years with proper maintenance. Redwood and cedar are also popular choices in Alpharetta, as they rarely decade and succumb to pests. Their beautiful colors and natural scent are attractive as well. You can often enjoy these woods for up to three decades. Teak, of course, can last up to 50 years, and its natural oils protect it from bugs and water.

Finishing Up Your Wooden Deck Restoration in Alpharetta

To maintain the beauty and longevity of high-end wood decks, regular maintenance is essential. This includes cleaning, sanding, and applying a high-quality sealant or oil to protect the wood from moisture and UV damage. Regular maintenance will help preserve the wood’s natural color and prevent it from weathering prematurely.

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