Two coats of SUPERDECK on a heavily damaged deck. Third coat was strictly a color change. It looks Great so far!
Here in North Carolina, it's definitely summer! 90 degrees on the local bank clock in the shade. What it doesn't tell you is that the air has so much moisture in it that you can almost swim to your car from the front door. My wife and daughter complain about their hair going flat (whatever that means) and my son avoids me like the plague when I ask if he wants to help me with something outside. You know, it's summer. So for those of us that like to hang outside in the summer with a cool beverage and our feet propped up, you gotta get that deck ready!
Sometimes using the most expensive product on the market isn't always the best choice. For instance, if you stained your deck last year and it looks a little dingy, why not get some Jomax deck cleaner, a scrub brush and a water hose (hosepipe for those in Rutherford County) and save a bundle of money and time in making your deck brand new again.
Is your deck faded due to major exposure to the sun? Stop using the cheapest stain on the market and be done with it for several years. Try Sikkens SRD which is sold right here at Robbins. I've heard so many personal testaments about this product holding up extremely well that I recommend it to anyone with a brand new or severely faded deck.
As for me, I built a deck out of recycled decking that a friend of mine had replaced by composite decking. Composite decking isn't solid wood, but rather multiple materials that are extremely weather resistant and makes a long lasting deck when installed properly. Composite decking costs and Arm and a Leg, maybe even an ear! With that being said, there are products out there that will prolong the life of a cracked worn deck that most would discard as unserviceable. That's what I started with. Decking products proclaiming to have high elastomeric values help to span gaps up to 1/4" wide! They are testing seriously weathered wood on decks and docks across the US, and at my house, with these products. I used a product called SUPERDECK that's made by Duck Back for extremely damaged wood and concrete. It worked great after 2 coats! My wife is having me put a 3rd coat on much to my chagrin at first, but I had to admit that it looked great!