Building A Roof Deck

By Robert Robillard on Decks And Porches

Building A Roof Deck

Coat The Deck Before The Railings Go On:

We cleaned the deck and applied a coat of oil based Penofin Exotic Hardwood Stain. I prefer Penofin because it penetrates the wood’s surface and allows moisture to pass in and out of the wood allowing it to breathe. The stain contains Brazilian Rosewood Oil, a strong, flexible, water and mildew resistant oil that is sustainable harvested from the seeds of the Brazilian Rosewood tree. No trees are ever cut to produce this oil. Rosewood Oil allows the wood to retain its flexibility and creates no surface film.

I also like this stain because it’s easy to maintain and resists cracking, bubbling and peeling. There will be no sanding required on next years application – just clean the deck and re-apply, a huge maintenance plus. I decided to apply the stain on the deck before the railings because it’s more efficient and saves time and labor. Without the railings in place, I was able to apply stain to the entire edge of the deck from the deck itself and not from a ladder on the outer perimeter.

This cut at least an hour from my time and by not having the railings in place I didn’t have to worry about cutting in around the posts or under the bottom rail. A big time saver!

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Robert Robillard

Robert Robillard

Carpenter / Remodeler / Editor / Writer / Video Talent

Robert Robillard is a remodeler, general contractor, and principal of a carpentry and renovation business located in Concord, Massachusetts. He also writes the "Ask the Carpenter" advice column in the Boston Globe, and serves as the Editor of Tool Box Buzz and founding editor of A Concord Carpenter . Rob is in charge of our Tool and Product Review - Tool and Product Review - Video Channel, , where we post all of our tool reviews and video tutorials. Rob enjoys using his knowledge and experience to help and educate building professionals as well as DIYers on best practices in the remodeling industry. The Concord Carpenter's motto: "Well done is better than well said!" : Read more about Rob <a href=""

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