While rules vary a bit from town to town, most towns require a deck railing that's 36" tall, with balusters that don't have any gaps over 4". With those big X shapes, we have gaps much bigger than that. In addition, we didn't have any railing on the side of some of the staircases. Again, a building code violation. So we wanted to rectify that as well.
But, it created the domino effect. You know, that thing that happens when you make one change and it impacts everything else? Suddenly the old decking, which hadn't looked so bad before, looks old and dingy.
|The decking needs cleaning!|
And once that was done, it looked better - but, it still didn't look as nice and pristine as all that new railing.
So, step 2, I decided to stain the deck. I looked at lots of options, but decided that a solid color made the most sense. Despite all that cleaning, it still had funky dark spots and a translucent stain would just magnify that. What a difference, it looks beautiful! Suddenly the whole deck looks nice and fresh!
This project turned out to be quite a bit bigger than I expected. But, now that we're done, it really does look great!
Dinner al fresco anyone?