|Project by PKFF||posted 06-04-2012 10:13 PM||1971 views||3 times favorited||8 comments|
This going on 3 year old cedar deck was in desperate need of attention, most certainly it lacked any bit of shade. (The last picture is the before picture.)It got full on sun for about 10 hours a day. It definately needed a face lift also, the cabot semi-transparent I used just one year ago was already faded and peeling. It had blotchey areas as well as areas that there were no longer stain on the wood.
The original plans included some sort of seating area in the Northeastern corner of the deck. That was not in the original deck budget though. Last year, it was over the average high with very little cloud cover most of the summer in Southeast Michigan. This called for several days of sitting out in the blistering sun for 15 minutes then seeking cover for 1/2 hour before repeating. It was not enjoyable.
The options were to put in a retractable awning or a pergola. In my township, gazebos are not allowed. The problem with the retractable awning is the deck is 18ft off the house and the largest awning I could get was 14ft. This wouldn’t really look good. We went with the pergola.
Needless to say, I am absolutely certain we went with the right choice. This thing produces quite a bit of shade, a lot more than I orginally thought. It is made from cedar to match the deck, and was assembled with my assistent, MY DAD, and myself in just under 5 hours. The speed which this went up shocked both of us.
We finished the deck with Cabot’s Austrailian Timber Oil, Natural and it looks 100 times better than the semi transparent. I know it may need a touch up next year, but with every deck comes deck maintenance, no big deal. Atleast, I can spot-sand and apply an additional coat with out having to strip and sand the whole deck like this year. A co-worker suggested the ATO as he has been using it on his deck for the past few years and is 100% satisfied.
-- "If you put your best effort forward today, you won't have to re-do it tomorrow"