Archadeck of Charlotte looks at over 2,000 decks annually in Charlotte, Due to our terrain, most of the homes that have been established are blessed with some shape or type of deck. Over time, the deck wears (especially wood) and people do not always properly maintain their decks.
There are some easy answers for deck maintenance and restoration. One is to hire a professional company that can come out and for a reasonable price, clean and restore the current deck (see a company locally called Renew Crew at charlotte.renewcrewclean.com).
There are some great products on the market like Cabot stain that are longer lasting and come in a variety of shades and colors. Sometimes the deck is not worth putting the maintenance into it and it probably makes sense to have a company like Archadeck come out and give you a free design consultation so you can get a better handle on what you should do and the various options. You can also go to www.charlotte.archadeck.com