Are you one of those homeowners who clips coupons, and is constantly looking for the best value on every little thing? It’s amazing how much money you can save if you take every opportunity you can. And if that’s true for the little things, like groceries and other ordinary household expenses, it’s doubly true for bigger investments – such as a new outdoor deck. If your deck is tired and old, and you’re not a huge fan of the design, tearing it down and building a new one can represent a huge transformation for your home.
But you might have looked at average costs for a brand new outdoor deck (including demolition and removal if your existing deck, if applicable), and decided that your household budget really can’t support such a project at this time. You might look for ways to get a bargain on a new deck, but that can be a risky proposition. If your contractor cuts corners, you could end up with something that’s ultimately far more expensive than you imagined. You might end up investing thousands in a new deck that simply does not stand the test of time, and does not meet your standards of quality.
There is an alternative that you might not have heard about: Deck resurfacing. It’s based on the premise that the surface of your deck is tired and weary, and badly in need of replacement. But the underlying structure of the deck (or frame, as you might hear it called) is in good shape. There might be a few areas that require tightening or reinforcement, but in general, the deck has passed a detailed safety inspection by a professional and is in good shape.
That’s when it becomes possible to consider deck resurfacing. By taking off all the old surface boards (including stairs and railings, of course), and fitting the old frame with brand new surface materials, you can have a brand new look and feel at a fraction of the cost. Depending on the material used for your existing deck, and depending on what materials are available in your area, the contractor may be able to use any variety of natural hardwood or composite to resurface your deck. Many homeowners simply can’t believe the transformation achieved through a highly organized and skillful deck resurfacing project. Especially when you consider how much money you can save with resurfacing, as opposed to tearing down your old deck and starting fresh.
How to look for deck resurfacing services
There is a big difference between a deck that’s been resurfaced by an experienced professional and one that’s been done by a company without the requisite skills and know-how to get the job done right. You need a deck that surpasses your expectations aesthetically, but even more important, you need structural integrity and safety first. The best deck resurfacing specialists are able to deliver on all fronts. If you pay attention to reputation and professionalism on all fronts (social media reviews, web site quality, clarity of information, and so forth), you have a better chance of finding a contractor who can truly it happen.