When we moved into our house 2 years ago, it was pretty clear to us that the deck was in BADDDD shape. Our house was 12 years old and it was very clear that it had not been re-stained well... ever. So, it was time. Not only that, but our deck is in the shade the majority of the day which means that mildew can build up. One day it was raining out and I ran after a groundhog... yea... and I slipped and fell on my butt because the deck was slippery from the mildew... great. So, deck staining and refinishing... here we come!