Deck Renovation vs. Deck Replacement: Which is Best?
Is your deck not quite what it should be? Would an expansion or change make it more usable, beautiful, and fun? Then you need to decide whether to replace your deck entirely with a new version that has everything you want or renovate your existing deck to bring it in line with your dreams. Here are a few questions to help you decide on the best option!
How Old is Your Deck?
Deck longevity usually depends on the type of wood, the quality of installation, and the sealants used to protect the wood. An old deck will exhibit problems, including chipping, rough wood, warping boards, rusty nails (and the associated creaking), and edges that have started to break off or wear away. If your deck shows many of these signs, then replacing it entirely may be a good option. If your deck still has good “bones,” then a large sanding and re-staining project may be able to restore it. One of the things to consider is the new deck building code we are using in East Cobb. A lot of older decks need better bracing and metal brackets to make them safe for your family.
Does Your Deck Have Any Serious Problems?
Serious problems include signs of rot, an infestation by insects that eat wood (carpenter ants and termites in particular), and mold growth. These are serious issues that can move from your deck to your home and cause widespread damage. At a minimum, the parts of your deck affected need to be fully removed. Replacing your deck entirely is often an easier and more effective way of dealing with problems like these. Many families in East Cobb are choosing composite materials like Trex to reduce maintenance cost and add life to the structure.
How Easy Would it Be to Repair Your Deck?
Some deck issues can be fixed by replacing several boards and adding a new coat of finish. Some deck problems require a larger reconstruction to fix the issues. Be sure to consult Quality Craftsmen to make sure your deck is in good shape.
Is Your Deck Serving Your Needs?
Many East Cobb families are looking for a family entertaining space. Do you need a covered and screened enclosure to make it more useful? Is your grill setup everything you want? Are there enough seats? Does it have safety features like lights and railings? Do you need a canopy to make it more useful? Does your deck have enough space, and do you have enough room to expand it if possible? Ask questions like these to find out what you really want from a deck, and if your current deck can meet those goals with a little work — or if a replacement may be the easier path.
Do you have an idea for your deck? We can help. Schedule your spring projects with us at Quality Craftsmen today and get a free quote!