The benefits of having a deck attached to your home are many. It’s a great way to enjoy nature while also enjoying the convenience of your home. Decks are ideal for summer dining and having guests over, as well. If your deck is rugged and the wood is eroding, or if there are other structural issues, you may be wondering whether to build a new deck or resurfacing the one you have. How do you decide which of these two options is the wisest choice? Let’s explore the pros and cons of resurfacing versus building a brand new deck.
What does resurfacing your deck entail?
When the underlying structure of your deck is still secure, the walking surface and railings alone can be replaced. This is called deck resurfacing. For this to be done, a safety inspection must first ensure that the foundation is safe. Then you can choose either natural or composite materials to give your deck a makeover. The results can look surprisingly fresh.
When should you choose resurfacing?
The idea of starting from scratch is appealing — especially if you have been meaning to tackle the issue for some time. However, resurfacing your deck may be able to give you the new look you want at a fraction of the overall cost. Turning those old, cracked, graying boards into scrap wood and laying a fresh layer of new wood or composite wood in its place will breathe life into your backyard. Since resurfacing also involves tearing out the old railing, you can also get any new style of metal rails that you may have been eyeing. If you are looking to save thousands of dollars and work with the existing frame, resurfacing is the solution for you.
When should you choose to build a brand new deck?
Sometimes the idea of starting new is just too appealing to be ignored — and there’s no doubt that building a new deck allows you more freedom in terms of materials and design. While resurfacing limits your options to the same size and shape that is already there, a brand new deck has no limits. Of course, if your foundation layer of wood is not up to code, you will definitely want to build a fresh deck. Another reason you may want to rebuild is if you want to install composite decking in the substructure in addition to the walking wood. Composite decking is not prone to decay, fading, and moss the way that traditional wood is.
Finding the right help
When you are ready to take the first step in addressing that tired old deck, it’s time to look for a reputable and experienced deck builder. Working a true professional will guarantee that building codes and regulations are met, and that your deck project — whether you choose to resurface or start fresh — is completed to the highest professional standards possible. If you aren’t sure whether to resurface or build new, your contractor should be able to provide solid insights that help you make the right decision.