Deck resurfacing has emerged as a major trend in home renovation these past few years. This is not only due to increased awareness of what resurfacing is, but also due to advances in the materials and techniques used to resurface outdoor decks. People love this option because it’s relatively affordable (especially when compared to a brand new deck installation), and because the results look stunning. That’s assuming, of course, that the deck is resurfaced by a skilled and licensed professional
But despite the increased buzz and awareness around deck resurfacing, a lot of questions remain. People all over the country are searching for answers about this particular deck renewal technique, and wondering if it’s right for them. In order to give you a clearer understanding of deck resurfacing, let’s take a look at 3 common questions.
1. Is it really a better option than putting in a new deck?
In many cases, yes — assuming that time and savings are important to you. New deck installations will cost more and take longer to accomplish. But resurfacing is only really an option if the underlying structure is sound. If this is not the case, no reputable company will even consider resurfacing the deck, and for safety reasons, will strongly advise that the old deck be removed, whether or not a new one will take its place right away.
2. How much does it cost?
Even if you use the most expensive materials available in your area to resurface your deck, it will still come out cheaper than demolishing the deck, removing the waste, and putting a new deck in its place. The cost of outdoor decks is variable, but most homeowners report that their resurfaced ran about half what it would have cost to install a brand new deck.
3. Does it last just as long as a new deck?
Again, the answer here depends on the quality and materials used for your existing deck. If it’s well made and the underlying structure is still extremely solid, a resurfaced deck can get you a decade or more of extra lifespan. However, if the structure is merely “good enough” to undertake a resurfacing project, you’ll want to have regular safety inspections (once a year, for example) to make sure everything is still in good order.
Will your results be good enough?
Any time you put real money into a home renovation project — even something as affordable as deck resurfacing — you might feel a certain anxiety as the project gets underway. Will the results be good enough? Will they exceed your expectations and make you truly happy that you decided to move forward with the project? Or will you end up disappointed and wishing you’d simply torn the old deck down and had a new one installed?
The answers to these questions may depend entirely on the contractor who handles your resurfacing project. The most dedicated and experienced deck resurfacing specialists will take time up front to make sure they understand exactly what you want — and make sure you understand exactly what you’ll be getting. Combine this approach with expert craftsmanship and impeccable service, and you’re likely to be very pleased with you newly resurfaced deck.