There’s a lot of talk about deck resurfacing these days — and it’s easy to see why. Your outdoor deck may look old and dilapidated, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you have to tear it down and start over. Thanks to modern deck resurfacing methods, you might be able to fit your deck with a brand new surface while preserving the underlying structure. In other words, you can have a deck that looks brand new for a fraction of the cost of actually building a brand new deck.
If this sounds too good to be true, get on Google and check out the long list of success stories involving homeowners who have resurfaced their outdoor decks with great results.
But deck resurfacing is not always possible — and any outdoor deck builder who tells you otherwise is not giving you reliable information. There are circumstances under which a resurfacing project is possible and recommended, and there are circumstances under which it is not. Here’s how the average homeowner can determine whether deck resurfacing is a possibility.
1. The framing of the deck looks good
A careful visual inspection of the underside of your deck will reveal whether there are any obvious structural faults. Resurfacing is only a viable open when the framing of the deck is in good condition. If you notice rotting or warped wood, or section of the frame that seem to be missing, it’s a fair bet that your deck is not suitable for resurfacing.
2. There are no loose or missing connections
A closer look will reveal any loose or missing connections between the various pieces and joints making up the frame. If a deck is resurfaced when there are faulty connections, safety and structural issues will almost certainly arise. Reputable deck resurfacing professionals will only resurface decks when they’re certain it’s safe and productive to do so.
3. A qualified deck resurfacing specialist has inspected the deck and cleared it for resurfacing
It’s certainly possible to inspect your own deck and get a feel for whether or not you think resurfacing is possible. But when it comes down to making a clear “yes or no” determination, the opinion of a deck resurfacing expert is indispensible. Professionals are able to make a comprehensive and accurate determination about the structural stability and long-term viability of your existing deck frame. They’ll also be able to tell you whether resurfacing represents a better investment than tearing down the old frame and starting fresh with a brand new deck.
Taking the next step with your resurfacing project
So now you know a bit more about deck resurfacing, and the real life circumstances under which it might be possible. What’s the next step? There are any number of deck builders out there who might be willing to resurface your deck — but even an experienced deck builder may not have the best technique for resurfacing. Look for a contractor who is specifically experienced in (and knowledgeable about) deck resurfacing. You’re likely to come away with better advice and better results.