So you’ve heard about deck resurfacing, and you’ve seen pictures of what the results can be. Maybe you’ve even talked to a neighbor or friend who recently had their deck resurfaced, and you’re excited about the prospect of having your own outdoor deck resurfaced. You’ve started researching companies who specialize in this kind of work, and you’ve even made contact with one or two.
But how do you proceed? How do you make sure you’re getting the best deal possible? Asking your specialist the following five questions is a good place to start.
1. Is my deck a good candidate for resurfacing?
First and foremost, it needs to be determined whether or not your deck can (or should) be resurfaced. This involves a careful inspection that takes many variables into account, but generally focuses on the current integrity of your deck’s underlying structure, as well as the expected integrity in one, three, five or even ten years down the line.
2. How many decks have you resurfaced before?
Experience is a big deal when it comes to deck resurfacing. Some companies have 5 or 10+ years experience, and have resurfaced hundreds of decks. These are the ones you want to do business with. Avoid those companies who take a casual attitude toward deck resurfacing and/or are just starting out, with no experienced leadership on site.
3. Are there any written guarantees against faulty materials or workmanship?
This is a big one: Deck resurfacing isn’t expensive as far as home renovation projects go — but it isn’t chump change, either. Is your investment going to be protected? Does the company have a contractual obligation to provide workmanship and materials that are in line with the client’s wishes and free from defects? If not, it’s probably best to look elsewhere.
4. How long can I expect my resurfaced deck to last?
The pros will be able to give you a very solid idea on how many years you can expect to get out of your resurfaced deck. Important determining factors include the materials you choose, the condition and age of your deck’s base and underlying frame, and local seasons in your area. Staying on top of routine maintenance will also play a key role in determining how long your resurfaced deck can last.
5. Is resurfacing really the best option for me?
The company you’re dealing with may specialize in deck resurfacing, but that doesn’t mean they should recommend resurfacing to you in all cases. For example, if you really aren’t satisfied with the size or layout of your old deck, resurfacing will (in most cases) simply lock you into that design and layout for a number of additional years. If you’re thinking about doing something different with your outdoor deck, tearing down your old deck and starting new is an idea worth exploring and costing out.
From initial consultation to final results
Deck resurfacing is something that can be done surprisingly quickly, and it’s generally a very affordable option. But don’t rush in too quickly. Mistakes can still be made, and it’s important to know that you’re dealing with an upstanding deck resurfacing specialist who always keeps the success of your project in mind.