If the structure of your deck is good and sturdy, but you don’t like the appearance of your deck, you have the option of only replacing the floor, railing, and steps. We call this "Redecking" and we do a lot of it.
Generally, renovating a deck will save the home owner money, but you have to make sure the foundation is sound. If you are thinking about redecking, mention it when you are scheduling your consultation. John will be happy to give you deck a once over when he comes out to meet with you. He will let you know if the structure of your deck is sound, and if it is a good option for you.
If your deck's structurally sound, you could save 15-20% over the total cost of the new deck.
Redecking - A Step by Step Explanation
- The first thing we do is remove all the old deck boards, stairs, and railings. If you have any flower pots, weather vanes, speakers, etc. attached to your deck railings, the guys will carefully remove them and re-attach them to the new rails. We will take all the old deckboards and railings back with us at the end of the job. If you would like any or all of the old lumber, let us know where you would like it and we would be happy to leave it for you.
- By this point the deck framing is completely exposed and we will inspect it from top to bottom. We make sure that flashing is installed where the deck meets the house,and that the deck is attached properly to the house. Then we inspect the deck floor joists, and replace any bad ones. John will inspect the beams and posts supporting the deck prior to giving you a quote. He will let you know if any changes are needed there.
- We will then install blocking for the new rail posts, and a few extra joists around the edge of the deck for our picture frame border.
- When the deck framing is beefed up to our standards, we start installing the new deck boards. All of our re-decking projects include picture frame borders around the deck floor. Also included standard, all deck boards are attached with hidden fasteners.
- Now that the decking floor is complete, we will finish up the transformation of you deck. We do that by installing the new railings, steps and fascia trim. Fascia trim is a 1/2" thick by 12" wide piece matching the color and type of decking you chose. We install this on the deck framing around the perimeter of the deck to hide the wood framing.
- A few things to watch for on redecking projects. If you have deck builder give you a quote for re-decking, make sure it includes fascia trim and totally new steps. Steps tend to break apart when the railings and boards are removed. Also because they rest on the damp ground, they will rot a lot faster than the rest of the deck. We have found in our experience that it is easier, and much better, to replace the entire steps.
Here are pictures of a few redecking projects we have completed
How do I know if Redecking is right for me?
A lot of our customers ask if they should redeck their old deck, or replace it completely? If you are going to change the shape of the structure, or add onto it, in most cases it’s cheaper to build new. If you want to add 10 feet to the front for example, we know how to add another beam, add extra joists to give you more space and make it long lasting. But if you want to add onto the side, or change the shape, you probably will spend more money on redecking it.
How to Tell if Your Deck is Structurally Sound:
- Your joists need to be spaced 16 inches on center.
- You have inspected it and it is rot/decay free.
- None of the joist sag.
- As a rule of thumb: under 15 years, most structures should be good.
- Over 15 years, give it a real thorough inspection.
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Some free Insider Advice on Redecking…
Make 100% sure your framing is good. You must have a strong foundation for re-decking. Make sure your posts are 6 x 6 and have concrete footers
Why we do a better job at Redecking.
Our re-decking projects include the stairs, steps, rails and the deck flooring. Our re-decking jobs always include ensuring the existing framing is up to code. We usually cover the existing exterior framing with composite trim to match your new decking. Along with resurfacing the deck and replacing the rails, we inspect to make sure that it is in compliance with any of the newer codes that have come out in your area. If your deck wasn’t built professionally the first time, we may be able to prolong it’s life and fix mistakes like adding a joist hanger or installing new lags into the wall.