By now, you’ve probably heard about deck resurfacing, You may have even talked to a friend or neighbor who had it done recently, and hear all about the benefits. It used to be where you needed to tear down your old deck and build a new one if you wanted a fresh look with fresh materials – but with resurfacing, it’s possible to upgrade your deck at a fraction of the cost, in a fraction of the time. And if it’s done by a skilled pro, the results can be stunning.
But there’s more to know about deck resurfacing. Here are four key facts every homeowner should consider:
1. It’s cheaper than building a new deck
Deck resurfacing is one of the most exciting trends in home ownership today. Why? Because it gives you the look and feel of a brand new deck – at a fraction of the cost to build a deck. This is because the support structure (underlying frame) of the deck is largely out of sight. But leaving that structure in place – but stripping off everything on the surface, and replacing the surface and deck steps with brand new material – you can make better use of your existing deck while transforming it into something that looks and feels completely different. If tearing down your old deck and rebuilding a new one seems like a daunting and expensive task, deck resurfacing could be exactly the solution you’ve been looking for.
2. It may not be possible with your deck
We’ve seen a lot of homeowners learn about deck resurfacing, become really excited about transforming their own outdoor deck, and then become disappointed to learn that deck resurfacing is actually not possible in their case. Why? Because safety and integrity is everything when it comes to deck resurfacing. That’s why professionals will conduct a detailed safety inspection of your existing deck before deciding whether or not it can be safely resurfaced.
3. You don’t have to use the same materials
Don’t think that just because your existing deck is made of natural hardwood (cedar, for example) that your resurfaced deck has to make use of the same materials. It’s possible to use a different type of hardwood, or even composite materials, depending on your preference. There are so many different materials on the market these days, and the possible combinations are endless.
4. Choosing a good contractor makes a huge difference
Deck resurfacing is a highly specialized practice that requires years of training and experience. For this reason, it’s super important to find the right contractor for the job. You want someone with ample experience in resurfacing decks, plenty of training, modern tools and equipment, and customer service policies that routinely exceed expectations.
Making the right call
There may be several or even dozens of deck resurfacing companies in your area, and they’ll probably have varying levels of experience and skill. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that deck resurfacing is an easy professional task, or that it doesn’t matter who you hire. The result you end up with will be directly related to the professionalism of the company you hire – so choose carefully!