Aging decks can be an eyesore, and maintaining them can be a money pit. In fact, it’s actually more practical to get a deck replacement than to shell out for frequent repairs. Luckily, it isn’t too difficult to breathe new life into an old deck. In this post. our experts at Eagle Creek Siding, LLC, share a few ways you can spruce up this versatile outdoor living area.
Can You Remodel a Deck?
Deck remodeling doesn’t necessarily involve redoing the foundation. If your initial construction of good sturdy piers and footings are still intact, they can easily be reused. Walk around your deck and examine the columns closely. Foundations that have heaved will warp the deck upwards ever so slightly. This is a sign that the footings must be replaced.
The posts themselves should also be in good condition. Wood can be tough to maintain, which is why it’s not often used in residential siding. For decks, the wooden posts musn’t show any signs of rotting or deterioration, which are common when the wood is at the end of its life span. Otherwise, the posts need to be replaced.
For the deck itself, the natural wood grain of hardwood is hard to beat. However, durable composites are also available for use. These are often made from reclaimed wood fiber mixed with a polymer material, which results in a product that has the look and feel of genuine wood and the durability and life span of vinyl. Ask a professional deck contractor for their finishing recommendations.
Rebuilding a deck from the ground up might sound like an easy afternoon job. However, there are so many factors that you need to consider in order to complete it. Will it affect the foundation of your home? Will it damage your James Hardie® siding? How will it handle excess rainwater? It’s for these reasons that you’ll want to entrust the work to a professional builder to ensure the quality of the job.
At Eagle Creek Siding, LLC, we can help you build a beautiful deck or remodel your old one. Give us a call at (360) 570-0396 or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation and request a free estimate today.