If you’re like most homeowners, your outdoor deck gets more use in the summer than any other time of year. The days are longer, the weather is perfect, and there are ample opportunities for reading a book outside, lounging in the sun, or inviting friends over for a cookout. After a summer’s worth of outdoor relaxing, though, you might start to notice that your deck is looking pretty worn. The wood may be faded, the stairs might be creaking, and the floorboards may be splintering.
These signs of wear and tear don’t necessarily mean that it’s time to build a brand new deck. Another possible option? Resurfacing your deck. Keep reading to find out if resurfacing might be a viable option to refresh your deck’s look.
What is resurfacing?
Resurfacing is the process of changing replacing some combination of the floorboards, stairs, or railings of your deck while keeping the foundational structure the same. The obvious benefit of resurfacing as opposed to rebuilding is that it is more cost effective, making use of the structure that is already in place.
Many people choose to resurface a deck if it isn’t that old, but does show signs of wear and tear — whether due to excessive use, damaging weather, or a combination of things. Another situation where resurfacing is often used is when someone buys a home, but doesn’t like the color or finish of the existing deck.
Regardless of the situation, it’s important to remember that not every deck can be resurfaced, and there are plenty of cases in which it makes more sense to rebuild.
When is resurfacing a viable option?
In order for a deck to be resurfaced, it’s imperative that the foundation be in good condition. Most wooden decks have a life span of a decade or two. If your deck is more than 20 years old, there’s a good chance that rebuilding is a better option. Even though resurfacing is a more economical alternative to rebuilding from scratch, buying new lumber still isn’t cheap. It would be a shame to spend the money on a new deck, only to have your foundation give out a few years later. When it comes to decks, it’s much better to be safe than sorry — and to ensure that your foundation is stable instead of trying to cut corners just to save money.
Finding a Qualified Deck Resurfacing Specialist
If you think resurfacing might be a good option, think about hiring a deck resurfacing specialist. An experienced contractor will be able to assess the condition of your deck foundation to determine if resurfacing is a viable option, and provide the highest quality resurfacing to make your deck look like new again.
When looking for a respected and experienced deck resurfacing specialist, it’s a good idea to ask for references in addition to getting a quote and estimated timeline in writing. If your deck does qualify for resurfacing, you could have a (mostly) brand new deck built in time to still enjoy what’s left of summer!