A nice deck can be a major selling point to a house. It’s a place to get some fresh air, fire up a grill, or enjoy some dining al fresco.
But once a deck starts to get worn out, it can be hard to appreciate. Weather-worn boards can be an eyesore, creaking wood can be annoying, and damaged railings or stairs can be unsafe.
On top of all this, a debilitated deck can detract from the value of your home.
Replacing a deck can be expensive, but there’s usually a simpler solution: deck resurfacing.
Read on for our brief guide to deck resurfacing and how it helps your home.
When Is Deck Resurfacing a Good Idea?
Resurfacing your deck is a good way to keep your backyard’s facelift inexpensive, but it has some limitations.
Because you’re going to be using the original deck frame, you’ll want to be sure that you’re happy with the existing shape of the deck. It doesn’t make sense to invest in a deck that you don’t like.
Expanding your deck may be an option, but will add to the cost and labor.
You also need to be sure that the frame is in good condition. Resurfacing brings new life to the deck boards, not the foundation. If your frame only has a couple more years of life in it, then it’s better to start fresh.
If your frame is in good condition but you need to fix the surface or you simply want to change its finish or style, resurfacing is a convenient option.
Once you’ve determined that your frame is in good shape, resurfacing can begin.
The first step is to remove the old railings and deck boards. You can do this as a DIY project or get professional assistance.
It’s important to be careful not to damage the structure of the deck while doing this. Remove nails and screws without tearing the wood. On that note, be sure to remove all the old nails and screws so that they don’t get in the way.
Once you’ve got the deck stripped to bare-bones, you’ll want to make sure that the entire structure is level, stable, and up to local codes. You can plane or sand any boards that are unlevel.
If you plan on making any modifications to the style of the deck surface, such as laying the deck boards diagonally or creating a pattern, consider whether the frame supports the changes and modify as needed.
Finally, you’ll install the new railings and lay the new boards. There are a variety of wood and composite types to choose from and the process will be a bit different depending on which one you go with.
Deck resurfacing is a great way to refresh your deck or even give it a major makeover without breaking the bank.
If you think it might be an option for you, don’t hesitate to get an assessment. Contact us for a consultation today.