Like many parts of our homes, decks require maintenance. When we neglect to maintain them properly, they fall into disrepair. Depending on how back it gets, it might be necessary to tear the existing deck down and start from scratch.
But that’s not the only option.
Deck refinishing is a process of stripping, cleaning, sanding and staining the existing surface of your deck. If the materials are compromised, but the framing and base of the deck are still in good condition, deck resurfacing may be possible. This is when the floorboards and railings of the deck are replaced with new, fresh material.
If you notice any of the following when giving your deck a visual inspection, resurfacing might be the best option:
- The boards are decayed, rotted, or moldy
- The wood is splintering, cracking, lifting, or warped
- The nails and screws coming loose
Here are three additional—and surprising—facts about deck resurfacing.
1. It can save you money
On average, it costs between $800 and $2,000 to resurface your deck (depending on the size of your deck, the materials you use, the age and condition of your current deck, and the season in which the resurfacing is done). This may sound like a big chunk of cash, but compared to the price of building a new deck—which averages between $4,000 and $10,000—it’s a huge savings. With resurfacing you’ll only replace the surface of the deck, not the structure, which is where a lot of the money goes.
2. You can change the material
Deck resurfacing is an opportunity to fit your deck with brand new material, changing the look and feel of the structure. If you have wooden boards but you’re finding it hard to maintain them, you can switch to a composite material such as Trex or TimberTech. These boards may be more expensive to install, but require less maintenance (and therefore bring cost savings) over the long term. Pressure-treated (PT) lumber is also an option, which is more affordable than natural wood. Wood decks are cheaper to build than composite decks, but they typically require more maintenance.
3. It may increase the value of your home
An outdoor deck is typically a solid investment for your home. Homeowners typically recoup between 65% and 90% of their investment when they add a deck—but just having a deck is not enough to add value. If your deck is weathered or damaged, it will not be an attractive to potential homebuyers. A well-maintained or newly-resurfaced deck, however, will be a great selling point. A composite deck may be especially attractive because it requires less maintenance.
Is deck resurfacing the answer?
Before you think about tearing down that tired old deck, it may be worth consulting a professional deck resurfacing specialist. An inspection will reveal whether the foundation of the deck is solid, and whether your deck is a good candidate for resurfacing. If it is, you might be surprised at how affordable it is to give your deck a whole new look and feel.
Good luck with your deck resurfacing project! Feel free to comment below.