10:28AM | 07/25/03
Member Since: 07/24/03
1 lifetime posts
My deck is about 8 years old and was never treated or cleaned by the previous homeowner. I hired a contractor to replace all of the surface boards (5/4 X 6) with Select PT wood.

The contractor told me to wait at least 4 weeks before staining to allow the wood to dry out. I waited the 4 weeks, but then noticed that about 60% of all the decking now has very fine cracks from end to end.

My question is: What do I do now? Is this wood defective? Did my contractor give me bad advice? Can I still stain/seal the deck and get good life out of it?

I hate to think I'd have to replace all of that cracking wood. I'm estimating it would cost me another $600 to do. (Just paid over $1400 to have this resurface job completed.)

Any help or advice would be appreciated.

Thanks! (Sorry for the long post)


07:29PM | 07/27/03
Member Since: 11/06/02
1280 lifetime posts
That's perfectly normal for PY wood. You ar eseeing checking which comes from wet wood drying out. The wetness comes from the treatment chemical.

And he gave you the right advice about letting it dry out before staining. I try to let it go for six moinths to a year first.

If you want wood to look pristine, you have to buy something like Redwood or clear vertical gain Fir or Ipe` Ironwood decking. PT is on the bottom of the list for quality decking, even tho it is used a lot in some parts of the country.

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