Wood decks are ideal for summer entertaining or for simply lounging outdoors. However, they are sometimes slippery when wet and the sun can heat the boards, making them uncomfortable to walk on barefoot. If you have a wooden deck with these problems, an inexpensive solution is to cover it with indoor/outdoor carpeting. This carpeting is available in a wide range of colors and is durable enough to withstand fading from the sun and constant moisture from rain.
Remove all furniture, plants and other items from the wood deck. Inspect the deck for splinters and rough areas. Sand rough areas down with a belt sander to prep the deck.
Sweep the deck thoroughly with a broom to remove all dust and debris.
Open a can of wooden deck sealer and pour it into a paint tray. Screw a paint roller onto an extension handle and dip the roller into the sealer until it is saturated. Apply the sealer to the wooden deck in long, even strokes until the entire deck is covered. Allow the deck to dry for at least 24 hours or for the amount of time listed on the label.
Unroll the carpeting on the deck with the finished side facing up and let it sit for one hour. This allows it to expand and also removes bumps from when it was rolled up.
Fold the carpet back so that half of the underlying wood deck is exposed. Open a can of indoor/outdoor adhesive and scoop up 1/4 cup using a notched trowel. Spread the adhesive onto the the wood deck, holding the trowel at a 45-degree angle to create a 1/4-inch layer. Continue until all of the exposed wood is covered with adhesive.
Lower the section of carpet that is folded back and press it down onto the deck firmly, using your hands.
Walk to the other side of the deck and fold the other half of the carpet back on itself. Apply a 1/4-inch layer of adhesive to the wood deck just as you did before, using the trowel. Unfold the carpet and smooth it into place on the deck.
Place a 50-lb. carpet roller in the center of the carpet and roll out toward the edges to remove any air bubbles or wrinkles in the carpet.
Tips & Warnings
- If you have to seam the carpet, install a long strip of double-sided carpet seam tape under one edge and then press the second section up as closely as possible to the first edge.
- Install outdoor carpeting when the temperature is between 55 F and 95 F. The humidity level should be between 10 percent and 65 percent.
- Adhesive can drip through the deck boards. Remove anything stored under the deck or cover it with drop cloths before applying adhesive.
Things You'll Need:
- Belt sander
- Wood sealer
- Paint tray
- Paint roller
- Extension handle
- Indoor/outdoor carpet adhesive
- Notched trowel
- Indoor/outdoor carpet
- 50-lb. carpet roller
- Utility knife
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