When homeowners first hear about deck resurfacing, they often get fairly excited. Are you telling me that I can have a deck that essentially looks and feels brand-new at a fraction of the costs of actually tearing down my old deck and starting over? This is the question they ask, and the answer is basically yes. Deck resurfacing makes use of the existing structural basis and simply replaces all of the surface material, including steps and railings—and it really is true that deck resurfacing is cheaper then building a brand-new deck.
Even if you omit the cost of tearing down and removing the old material, resurfacing would still be cheaper been building a new deck where nothing had previously been built. Provided the underlying structure is still sound, resurfacing can effectively give you a brand-new deck at a fraction of the cost. And in this day and age, significant savings on a fairly big project like that is music to the ears of homeowners everywhere.
But for all the benefits and advantages deck resurfacing, it is by no means a perfect solution. Any decking company who tells you that resurfacing will solve all your problems is not being completely honest. There are disadvantages and drawbacks to deck resurfacing, so let’s take and honest look at them.
1. You can’t really change the design
Although it’s possible to use new materials and even add a few new design flourishes when you have your outdoor deck resurfaced, you’re still basically confined to the existing design. Because deck resurfacing makes use of the existing frame, deviating too far from that design would present serious safety issues, And no reputable deck builder would be willing to put your safety (or their reputation) at risk.
2. The structure may be sound today, but it won’t last as long as a brand new deck
The whole premise of deck resurfacing is that the underlying structure of your deck is still viable, and tearing the whole thing down is simply not necessary. But will it be necessary two, three, or five years from now? Resurfacing can extend the life span of your deck while giving you a fresh appearance, and there are ways to strengthen the old, existing framing. But eventually that old framing is going to break down, and further resurfacing will no longer be an option.
3. The costs can still be significant
Deck resurfacing is a great way to save money in the right kind of situation; but it’s definitely not free, and some people feel that spending more to get rid of the old deck and come up with a completely new design is well worth it.
Looking for a quality deal
Whether you choose to resurface your deck or build a new one, the importance of partnering with a skilled and experience outdoor decking professional cannot be overstated. Deck resurfacing will not be more economical or effective unless it is done to the highest professional standard. The same goes for building new decks. You might make the right choice between resurfacing and starting from scratch, but unless you make the right choice in terms of contractors in your area, you won’t get the very best result.