Deck resurfacing has emerged as one of the hottest home renovation trends out there. Why? Because it represents a strong value for the price point – this is what it basically comes down to. Tearing down your old deck and building a new one will require a comparatively large investment; resurfacing can give your deck a brand new “look and feel” at a fraction of the cost. It makes use of your existing deck’s underlying structure to deliver an unprecedented value.
But people still have a lot of question about deck resurfacing, and whether it’s the right approach for them. Here are three of the most common questions people ask when they learn about deck resurfacing.
1. How much does it cost?
Deck resurfacing is still relatively new, and not a lot of “average cost” data has been collected. In part, that’s because there are a lot of variables in deck resurfacing, such as the size and design of the existing deck (a sprawling, multi-tiered deck will cost more to resurface than a small, simple deck), and the deck material used (composite generally costs more than natural hardwood, although more exotic strains of hardwood can cost even more than composite).
In general, what we can say for sure is that deck resurfacing is significantly cheaper than building a new deck. That’s one of the main reasons why so many homeowners are going this route.
2. Is it really as sensible as building a new deck?
Homeowners want to make smart, savvy investments. These are real, hard earned dollars they’re putting into their homes, and they want to make every one of those dollars count. To that end, people want to know if deck resurfacing is really as sensible and smart as building a new deck. The answer, in a great many cases, is yes. That’s because the surface of the deck almost always wears out and ages faster than the underlying frame. The surface is also what people see – it’s part of your home’s presentation to the world. By making use of the underlying frame, and applying a brand new surface to that frame, homeowners can achieve a “brand new” look at a fraction of the price.
3. How long will it last?
But appearances aren’t everything. A resurfaced deck wouldn’t be worth much if it looked great for a year and then fell apart due to poor craftsmanship or a faulty underlying structure. That’s why it’s important to contact a reputable deck resurfacer who will give your deck an honest and thorough inspection. When done right, a resurfaced deck could extend the overall lifespan of your deck by ten years or more.
The bottom line on deck resurfacing
It really does matter who you hire to resurface your deck. There are a lot of contractors out there, but a highly experienced and skilled deck builder is far more likely to deliver an excellent value across the board, and ensure that you receive all the best benefits of a newly resurfaced outdoor deck.