When people first hear about deck resurfacing and the benefits that go along with it, they often get excited. This is understandable, since resurfacing is a process that can restore your deck to a “like new” appearance for a fraction of the cost of building a new deck. Rather than having to put up with a withering old deck, or pay big money to tear it down and build a new one, people can simply have their outdoor deck resurfaced with brand new materials. It looks fantastic, lasts for years/decades, and it’s very budget-friendly.
But it’s not quite that simple, and deck resurfacing doesn’t work in every case. Before you plan on having your deck resurfaced, it’s always a good idea to bring in a specialist who can determine whether or not the deck is fit for resurfacing. After all, it’s no good installing a brand new surface if the underlying construction of the deck is unsafe, weak or even rotten. The integrity of the structure has to be confirmed beyond any doubt before a resurfacing project can go forward.
But let’s assume your deck is cleared for resurfacing. What happens then?
Well, first off, your’e going to want a seasoned professional on the job. Someone who has resurfaced a lot of decks in the past, and has generated a substantial amount of positive customer feedback. Although resurfacing is a modest investment compared to building a brand new deck, it still costs over $1000 in most cases. For that kind of money, you want to make sure you’re putting capable people on the job.
Once you’ve hired a reputable deck resurfacing specialist, the process can move ahead fairly quickly. A final safety inspection will ensure that all the connections and underlying framework of the deck are sound and ready for resurfacing. The contractor will then have to make sure that local building permits, if needed, are obtained and that local building regulations are observed.
The existing surface of the deck is then meticulously removed and thrown away. This includes the floorboards, stairs, and railings on most cases. A complete deck resurfacing means that all of the visible “surface” of the deck is replaced with fresh, uniform material.
A further examination of the substructure will commence, as the removal of the deck’s surface may reveal things that weren’t previously seen. Problem areas will be addressed before moving ahead to next step, which is the installation of new surfaces and railings directly on top of the old substructure. Finally, the work site will be cleaned up and any safety hazards removed before the project is signed off.
Finding a specialist who does it right
As you can see, deck resurfacing isn’t something that should be done casually. It requires a detailed process and strict adherence to building and safety codes. Getting a fantastic result on your deck resurfacing project won’t come about automatically, but if you have an experienced and reputable outdoor deck specialist on your side, you can be confident that your resurfaced deck will exceed expectations.