Deck resurfacing has taken the home remodeling world by storm in recent years. As homeowners deal with more economic constraints, and strive to do more with less, the idea of totally refreshing that outdoor deck at a fraction of the cost is hugely appealing. And while the project is relatively simple — saving the underlying structure of the deck but removing and replacing the surface — there are still a number of guidelines you want to keep in mind. Here are a few important do’s and don’ts of deck resurfacing.
DON’T assume that your old deck can be resurfaced
Deck resurfacing is contingent upon a careful, professional, trained inspection of the structural integrity of your deck. The whole premise of deck resurfacing is that you can have that brand new look and feel for the fraction of the price of a new deck — but you still need the deck to be safe and structurally sound. That’s why a professional determination needs to be made as to whether or not your deck can be resurfaced. Qualified professionals will always be honest with you in this respect, and if the deck isn’t structurally sound, they’ll refuse to resurface it.
DO choose your material wisely
Decks can be built with a variety of natural hardwood and composite materials — and deck resurfacing is no different. Even if the underlying frame and structure of your deck is made of hardwood (usually pressure-treated lumber), it’s possible to use composite materials for the new surface of your deck. However, you’ll want to think carefully about the age of your existing deck and what kind of lifespan you can expect out of the resurfacing project. A brand new composite surface can last several decades, but this is a moot point if the underlying structure only has five or ten years left in it. Your contractor should be able to help you make the wisest decision in this respect.
DON’T hire the first contractor you come across
Deck resurfacing is more popular than ever these days, which means there are a lot more contractors offering this surface. Are all of them fully trained, highly skilled, and properly qualified to deliver the best results? Not necessarily. It’s important to vet contractors carefully when you’re considering a deck resurfacing project. Don’t hire the first contractor you come across. Instead, conduct a thorough search of the contractors available in your area, and choose two or three of the highest rated companies to make contact with.
DO make sure all work is guaranteed
Guarantees are important on any home remodeling or renovation project, and deck resurfacing is no exception. Reputable contractors will always back up their work with written guarantees. Don’t settle for a verbal guarantee. If it’s not in writing, it’s not a real guarantee.
Moving forward with your resurfacing project
Once you’ve got a reputable contractor in your corner, deck resurfacing should be a fun and easy process. The results are often surprising to homeowners, even if they’ve seen pictures of other deck resurfacing projects. Take a careful approach to your project in the early phases, and choose your contractor carefully. It’ll pay off when you see the results!