Hey guys I should start off by saying I have no handy skills what so ever. I have an old deck 12 x 10. I need to get 3-5 years out of it before we blow out the kitchen and add a small addition so I don’t want to put too much money into it. A few weeks ago I had my house power washed and the guy said he would to do the deck for an extra $50 so I agreed. He also mentioned that I should apply a sealant within a week once it dries out. After he power washed it he then said that it looks like the deck had been stained at one point and then painted so I will need to stain it in a week with a dark color after it dries. The wood floor boards look like bare natural stripped wood and the spindles and ledges are almost Brownish/reddish looking post power washed. I didn’t have too much trust with this guy so I reached out to a few other people and can’t get a clear answer on what is the best thing for me to do.
One thing I didn’t know was how important it is to stain or seal it shortly after the power wash. I am past that point now, but the few people that have looked at it said the wood is fine. Some have said I should use deck paint and that it will fill in all of the cracks and holes in the wood. I will lose the natural look of the wood but it will be safe for kids to walk bare foot. Someone suggested I use Behr deck over, which is not exactly the same as deck paint.
One guy suggested a semi transparent stain on the darker side or a solid stain, which is similar to a deck paint and then there is an in between that is semi solid. I get the differences are based on how much of the natural grains of the wood would show.
I was told to use aborcoat brand if I go the stain route. At this point given the different colors on the deck between the spindles and ledges vs. the floor boards I am thinking it’s either solid stain or deck paint and I am looking for advice on which I should go with. I wouldn’t mind doing semi solid stain but I’m not sure if it will be dark enough to make up for the mismatched colors of the deck.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated and any recommendations for someone in northern NJ would be appreciated as well. I have received an estimate of $300 and another for $1,200. Just seems bizarre to have such a wide range. The $300 was from a handy man/painter that I have used and the $1,200 was from a really good wood floor guy in my area.