Can I resurface my old deck?

 

We get asked this question a lot. Can you simply remove the old flooring on your deck, and install new composite flooring in its place?  Yes you can! Should you? Well that is a more complicated answer. Several things must be considered before making that decision:

Consider the amount of money you are spending on new materials, vs the cost of replacing the framework too. Composite flooring and modern railings are the most expensive materials on a deck project. Does it make sense to put these expensive new materials on an old deck frame? It depends on your budget, as well as the age and condition of your existing deck frame. The age of your deck might be easy to figure out, but how can you assess the condition of your deck without an expert to help? Part of this assessment is common sense. Does the deck feel solid when you walk across it? Does it look well-built? If you get down at floor level to look across the deck, does it look straight? Look along the wall where the deck adjoins the house: Is there any evidence of the deck falling or sagging? Any evidence of rotting wood? Be sure to check where the posts touch the ground. Is the hardware excessively rusty?

In most case you can resurface over your existing frame. If after checking things over, you still are unsure, it might be best to bring in a professional to give an expert opinion.

As always, we are here to help if you have questions about calculating materials, installation tips, or design guidance.

 

Happy Building!

Tom