When it comes to making decisions that improve your home, longevity is everything. Whether it’s a small renovation project or a big remodeling job, you want to make investments that stand the test of time. Otherwise, you end up sinking more time and money into the problem, and it’s basically never-ending. Any seasoned homeowner will agree – the decision you make now can affect you financially for years to come.
That’s one of the reasons why deck resurfacing has been such an exciting trend amongst homeowners in recent years. It allows you to achieve a look and feel that’s virtually brand new, without the full cost of a brand new deck. Tearing down an old structure and building a new one can quickly get expensive, and resurfacing is a useful shortcut. By using the underlying support structure of the old deck, and laying brand new materials over the surface of that support structure, you can extend the lifespan of your outdoor deck by many years.
But just how long can homeowners expect a resurfaced outdoor deck to last? This is an important question to ask if you want to make a truly informed decision.
The answer depends on a number of things, such as:
1. Who resurfaced your deck
As with any home remodeling or improvement project, your long-term results are going to depend heavily on the contractor you choose. If you hire a skilled and experienced deck resurfacing specialist, you an expect many years of functional use and aesthetic integrity once the project is completed. On the other hand, if you hire a sketchy contractor, you could be looking at additional repairs before the year is up.
2. The age of your existing deck
Deck resurfacing really hinges on the condition of your existing deck. If the frame and support structure are in good shape, your contractor will clear your deck for resurfacing. If the support structure is not safe, then no reputable contractor will suggest or follow through with resurfacing. In some cases, the support structure is well-built and has a decade or more left in it. In others, things will start to go wrong sooner. That’s why it’s so important to have a qualified deck builder who assesses your existing deck carefully and give you straight information on whether deck resurfacing is a smart move for you.
3. What materials you use
The materials you choose for your deck resurfacing project have a huge effect on how long it will last. The cheaper varieties of natural wood will of course have a shorter lifespan than modern composite materials, although natural wood can last a long time if maintained properly. In either case, the new surface of your deck will likely outlive the underlying structure – but it’s not uncommon for homeowners to get 10 or even 20 years out of their resurfaced deck.
4. Whether or not the work is guaranteed
Knowing that you can trust your contractor to correct mistakes and make things right – if something should prove faulty – is important as a homeowner. It’s a good idea to only work with deck resurfacing specialists who offer written guarantees in clear terms. Your success as a homeowner is tied to their success as a contractor – the best companies realize this very clearly!