CT Home Improvement: Deck Remodeling vs. Deck Replacement
By Your Fiderio Expert Jun 25, 2014
The Fourth of July is just a week or two away, which means its time to enjoy the warm summer weather. Is your deck ready for all the traffic it will see? If not, consider pursuing a deck remodel. According to Remodeling magazine, decks place fourth in remodeling ROI, and boast an 86.7% return on investment while adding usable space to your home. When we hear “summer,” we think of backyard barbeques, nights around the fire and quality time sunbathing. We love all of these things and we know that one portion of your home consistently takes center stage during these Kodak moments: the deck. The following includes tips to determine if your deck needs to be remodeled or replaced.
Deciding How Much Work Your Old Deck Needs
Deck remodeling can range from an entire demolition and new design, to the resurfacing of worn-out boards. Deck contractors in CT will examine the foundation and deck framing system and if they are intact, we can replace the walking surfaces and deck railings. In some cases, we may need to adjust the height of your deck railings to meet modern building code requirements; however, as long as the framing and foundation are intact, deck resurfacing is a quick and easy project.
If your deck is solidly built but the surfaces are weathered or dirty, then you should pressure wash the surface and apply a refinishing treatment. Done successfully, this will transform your deck’s appearance, making it look and feel like new without an expensive remodel. These types of procedures can be completed by a homeowner and can generally be finished over a weekend. Check your local home improvement store for renting or purchasing equipment and supplies that you will need to finish your project. However, if your deck is showing signs of severe wear like wobbly stairs, soft wood or separating planks, there is a possibility that it is also becoming structurally unsound.
Aesthetic Issues vs. Structural Issues
Older CT decks are generally always made of wood and require a lot of maintenance. The boards can rot, attract termites; give you splinters, fade and stain. Deck remodeling in Ct not only refreshes the appearance of your deck, but it is also completed with better materials that do not rot or warp or cause any of the other nuisances. If you are interested in deck remodeling, we recommend composite decking because it will not stain or fade, is easy to wash and has a rich wood grain finish that will maintain its appearance for years to come.
Homeowners who are interested in ct home improvement often wonder about the tradeoffs of deck repair versus deck replacement. In those cases, we can present your options and the tradeoffs, so you can make an informed decision. When a deck has started to decay in one area, usually it is only a matter of time before other areas start to show signs of decay too. Consequently, while investments made to repair the problem area may buy you some time until the next area decays to the point that it too needs to be fixed, in the long run it may turn out to be cheaper and more convenient to replace the entire deck all at once. Of course, which solution is ultimately best for the homeowner will vary on a case-by-case basis.
If you are considering doing the project yourself to save money, we suggest you at least speak to a professional first. We here at Fiderio & Sons Home Contractors CT can help you understand the full cost of the project, and we can probably help you figure out ways to save some money as well. If you hire someone, you will be adding labor costs, but that does not necessarily increase the overall cost of the project. We have the skills to remodel ct decks efficiently, and most importantly, expert installation will prevent the warranty from being voided. That alone has a lot of value. It can’t hurt to have a consult, especially when it’s free!