9 Big Signs You Should Have Your Deck Refinished

When your deck goes from fab to old and drab, it’s time to start thinking about refinishing the deck. But, it’s important to know the signs between minor fixes to having the entire deck refinished.

A beautiful, refinished deck will not only look great for the entire exterior of your home but also extend the life of the wood itself.

Many great benefits of restoring a deck:

  • Restoring a wood deck before major damage happens costs less than replacing a wood deck, and refinishing your deck will cost a LOT less.
  • You can halt major structural damage and possible deck failure in it’s tracks by replacing boards, fixing others and protecting it with a new refinish job.
  •  Restoring your deck’s minor problems now (like warping floor boards, loose pieces, shaky rails, and splintering) will help prevent them from turning into bigger issues later on.
  • A refinished deck is an easy improvement that can help the overall resale value of your home allowing it to sell faster!


What Are The Signs Of a Bad Deck?

Besides just looking bad, there are more specific problems that can be a clear sign of your deck needing to be brought back to life. 

Common signs you can look for that indicate the deck is ready to be refinished:

  1. Bad Ledger & Deck Frame
  2. Split or Cracked Boards
  3. Peeling and Flaking Paint
  4. Wood Looks Dry and Old
  5. Splintering Boards
  6. Rotting (Mold & Mildew) Visible On Planks or the Deck Frame
  7. Many Raised Screws, Loose Screw Boards
  8. Faded and Discolored
  9. Spongy and Soft Spots When You Walk On It

1. Bad Ledger & Deck Frame

Solid beams, strong joists, and good looks aren’t much use when you should be worrying about a rotting ledger board. If any of your wood deck’s framing is bad, that needs to be addressed before you can even begin to think about restoring or refinishing a wood deck.



2. Split or Cracked Boards

Split or cracking deck boards can be the beginning of what could be a much larger problem if you allow it to go without fixing. These must be replaced before you can stain the deck. It’s a good idea to check to see if any boards are starting to bow. This also includes the railing, posts, sills and joists. If a board is badly warped and you put a lot of weight on it, these could also split or break completely. If you see any of those signs, don’t wait and replace those boards.

3. Peeling & Flaking Paint

Even if you have a newly re-painted deck you can still find yourself with peeling or flaking paint because the deck was not properly power washed before re-painting. We see this often with homeowners in a hurry to cover problems to sell a home. If you have peeling and flaking, it’s best to have the entire deck stripped, then a good power-washing before the staining process.

4. Wood Looks Dry and Old

Your wood deck simply looks terrible. Maybe there is peeling paint or the wood looks dry and faded – in either case, deck restoration or deck refinishing can restore the beauty of your old deck and make it look like new.



5. Splintering Boards

Wood fibers tend to raise as they expand with rain and water over time. Wood fibers can often remain raised and may cause splinters. Splintering is a clear warning sign of damaged boards and potentially allowing moisture in that will cause them to rot and grow mold. This rotting will eventually lead to them collapsing.


6. Rotted Wood (Mold & Mildew)

Check the boards closely for any mold, mildew or other fungi. Even if your deck is treated, the wood can still rot. Pay special attention to where every post touches the ground…especially if you have a second story deck. If you see mold on the boards, they will need to be replaced before any staining can be done. If you see it on more than one of the support posts, it’s time to for a new deck.

7. Raised Screws, Loose Screw Boards

One of the most common problems regarding deck repair is of nails popping up out of the boards. Nails generally pop out of wood decking due to every day use and because of contraction of the wood during cold and hot periods. While this may be an easy fix, by simply hammering them back down, they actually compromise the integrity of the deck. They are also a major safety hazard for those walking on the wood with bare feet. If there are only a few raised screws or loose screws, simply replace. We recommend NOT to re-hammer them. If there are many and the boards are starting to crack or fall apart, it’s time to replace them and then get your deck refinished.

8. Fading and Discolored Boards

If your deck looks dull, is fading and has discolored board, it’s definitely time to refinish. Over time the weather, traffic use and even chemicals in cleaners or previous stains can bleach can degrade the wood. This includes ultra-violet caused bleaching. 



9. Spongy And Soft When Walked On

Walk around your deck and feel how the wood responds to you. If you feel soft spots, bowing, and even sponginess, this means there are moisture issues with your wood and these planks need to be replaced. Oftentimes, there is rotting underneath the surface that you cannot see. The deck may need to be completely replaced in this situation as well.


Hire a Professional

However, the best way to tell if your deck needs to be refinished is to have a professional come and assess the status of your deck. Which is exactly what we are here to do.

If you have used our guide above and your deck has at least 2 of the problems listed above, we set up a convenient time to meet so we can inspect the deck and give a good idea of options.




poised taupe color of the year by Sherwin Williams

Sherwin-Williams 2017 Color of the Year – Interior Painting

Sherwin-Williams doesn’t like to play favorites (so they say), but they are sharing their love for the new color loud and proud.

This year, they have selected Poised Taupe (SW 6039) as the Sherwin-Williams 2017 Color of the Year.

Here’s why: This timeless color is neutral, modern, classic and a beautiful balance of warm and cool.

The color also indicates an overall desire for neutrals that bring warm and cool tones together, creating versatility.

Sherwin-Williams says the hue is a modern take on a timeliness classic and explained their choice in a statement: “It signals a new direction in society’s ever-growing thirst for beautiful neutrals that bring warm and cool tones together to create one irresistibly versatile color.” We have to say, this color definitely strikes the balance between bold and subtle.


HouseBeautiful.com described it perfectly when they said, “It’s like gray and brown had a baby.” 




Updated Neutral

In a recent homeowner survey conducted by Sherwin-Williams, nearly 40% of the respondents agreed that they would like to incorporate warmer neutrals, such as warm grays, taupes or beiges, into their home décor. More than two in five people identified taupe as a timeless neutral they would choose.

“Poised Taupe celebrates everything people love about cool gray as a neutral, and also brings in the warmth of brown, taking a color to an entirely new level. Not cool or warm, nor gray or brown, Poised Taupe is a weathered, woodsy neutral bringing a sense of coziness and harmony that people are seeking,” said Sue Wadden, director of color marketing for Sherwin-Williams.

Poised Taupe In Your Home

Poised Taupe is an ideal backdrop for a wide range of color combinations, from pastels to brights to jewels, according to the firm. You can use this color throughout your home and accent with your own favorite colors easily.

In the entry way, you can add a pop of color like the orange accent in flowers to keep the room lively.

Sherwin Williams 2017 color of the year


In the kitchen, this beautiful color will work seamlessly with white cabinets and stainless steel.

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Calming and beautifully relaxing for the bathroom area.

color of the year Poised Taupe by Sherwin-Williams from Klamco | Klam Construction



Accent Colors

Having this amazing backdrop color on your walls is perfect, but what about creating the best accent? In order to create the best accent to a neutral wall color such as the Poised Taupe, it’s best to go across the color wheel to find its mate in a triangle fashion. Here are a few beautiful accent colors we suggest.

accent colors taupe green must

accent colors taupe blue reds

For more information visit Sherwin-Williams page about this year’s color and discover other amazing color combinations.


What’s Next?

Selecting the proper interior painting company for any home is key. CC’s Painting is here to help you take your idea to design to your dream home.

Call or Email us today for a FREE in-home consultation or FREE estimate!

Email us at: ccspainting@gmail.com

Call us at (262) 527-1822. We are waiting to help you!



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