We live in an age of convenience, and we’re always looking for ways to make things easier. That’s probably because people —especially homeowners — have so many tasks to accomplish, and they need to get things done quickly. But there are still a lot of projects and tasks that take time and patience, and if we cut corners on them, it’ll come back to haunt us later. Deck resurfacing is one of those projects. On the “surface” it may seem like a simple project that can be done easily, without putting much thought or planning into it, but this really isn’t the case.
So what’s the right way to resurface a deck, and how does doing things “the right way” ensure a quality, long-lasting deck resurfacing job?
1. First inspection
The first order of business is to make sure your deck is actually suitable for resurfacing. What determines this? Basically, the underlying structure of the deck needs to be solid and safe — but it’s not always apparent whether this is the case. You might think the frame is in good condition after a quick visual inspection, but the professional method involves a more rigorous process of testing the joists and other aspects of the frame, including the substructure. Once a professional determines the deck to be suitable for resurfacing, the project can continue.
2. Attaining permits
Depending on where you live, special building permits may be necessary to resurface your deck. Professionals in your area will know exactly what to do — but this is an important step and should never be skipped.
3. Demolition work
When the inspection is complete and the permits are in place, it’s time to start removing the old surface of the deck. This has to be done very carefully so as to preserve the frame for the new materials (whether natural hardwood or composite) that will be laid on top of it.
4. Second inspection
When the surface has been removed, it’s time to inspect the frame once again, to make sure everything is up to code. This gives extra assurance that your newly resurfaced deck will be safe and long lasting. Extra attention to safety and strength is a key part of this inspection.
Now we get to the good part — your brand new surface, including handrails and steps if applicable, is installed on top of your existing deck frame.
6. Clean up and final inspection
Once the deck has been completely resurface and tested for strength and integrity, it’s time to clean up the work site and conduct a final inspection with the homeowner to make sure everything exceeds expectation.
Don’t cut corners with deck resurfacing!
This is one project where you want to make absolute sure that everything is done right. Your family’s safety, and the integrity of your investment, depends on it. By finding a highly experienced and qualified deck resurfacing company in your geographical area, and making sure all your questions are answered before you sign (also look for written guarantees in the contract itself), you’ll be able to fully receive all the benefits of deck resurfacing!