The beauty of composite decking material is that you have far less maintenance to worry about. You can also expect a longer lifespan out of these decks, since they’re effectively made from a blend of natural wood and plastic fibers. They up front cost is more than natural wood, and the “look and feel” is not quite the same (although it’s very close) — but for many homeowners, composite is simply a more sensible choice.
Natural wood has its own set of advantages. For one thing, it’s not longer as expensive as it used to be. This is in large part because of the pressure treatment process, which allows basically any wood to be used for outdoor decking. Prior to PT lumber, it was necessary to use certain woods with natural insect and rot-resistant properties, such as cedar or redwood. This meant that costs were higher. Today, natural wood decking is still the most affordable option, at least where up front costs are concerned.
That means a lot of people are still choosing natural wood decks. In many cases, homeowners inherit a natural wood deck when they buy a home.
Deck resurfacing is therefore a big trade, and a lot of homeowners choose to resurface an existing deck instead of going the more costly route (i.e. complete demolition and replacement).
With all this deck resurfacing going on, aren’t there common mistakes being made? The answer is yes — definitely. Many homeowners try to resurface an outdoor deck by themselves, without any professional help. This can work out very well in some cases — but unless the planning is meticulous and the execution is good, you won’t have those professional results every homeowner wants.
On the other hand, hiring a professional to resurface your deck has a number of clear advantages:
- It’s relatively affordable
- The results are stylish and durable
- It’s guaranteed in writing
Obviously, this is assuming your contractor is good at what they do. If you’re working with someone who has refinished, resurfaced and built hundreds of outdoor decks, you can be fairly confident that your project will benefit from this expertise. But if you work with an inexperienced specialist, your resurfacing project could end up being more trouble than it’s worth — and you might find yourself wondering if that DIY route wouldn’t have been so bad after all. This is never the situation you want to be in, especially when you’ve got so many other things to think about as a homeowner.
Where to go for trustworthy advice on deck resurfacing?
There are so many sources of information these days, especially online. Deck resurfacing is an investment, and you want a professional on your side who isn’t going to make frustrating and costly mistakes with your project. Unfortunately, this is one of those trades where unqualified individuals might try to win your business by advertising online, or even in local phonebooks or publications. Always double-check the credentials and reputation of any deck specialist before you hire them for your deck resurfacing project. Good luck!