How We Brought Our Old Deck Back to Life with a Smart Investment of Resurfacing It
By Mark J. Donovan
||Redoing a deck doesn’t necessarily mean having to completely rebuild the entire deck. Often, if the deck framing is still in good shape, redoing a deck may simply mean deck resurfacing. And that is exactly what was our case and what we did, thus mitigating the cost of fully replacing a deck.
Early this fall we finally got around to resurfacing our deck on our lake home in Moultonborough, New Hampshire. We decided to resurface the deck with Trex Select composite decking. The original decking boards were simply 2×6 pressure treated boards that had been protected from the elements with a solid stain.
Unfortunately, the solid stain was peeling regularly and the deck surface was just looking awful. Consequently, I found myself having to stain the deck every year, and after just three months the deck surface looked crappy again. Thus, I finally decided to bite the bullet and resurface the deck with Trex Select composite decking.
In regards to the size and structure of the deck, it is forty two feet long and extends outward from the house sixteen feet, with tapered ends and steps coming off three directions of it. The deck only sits a couple of feet off of the ground so there are is no deck railing system.
The deck is a floating deck, meaning, it is not attached to the home, which I am very thankful for. Decks that are attached to a home often lead to water damage problems. This deck’s framing structure (pressure treated beams and floor joists) sits on a network of concrete pillars that are sunk down into the ground nearly four feet, well below the frost line. Thus, after nearly 17 years the deck sits relatively level. There were a couple of areas of the deck where shims had slipped off between the deck posts and beams, but other than replacing the shims, that was all that was required in re-leveling the deck.
I chose to contract out the work in resurfacing the deck due to its larger size and my personal time constraints. I obtained three quotes from local contractors. The quotes ranged from $9,000 to $12,000. I accepted a quote that came in around $10,000. I chose this particular quote mainly because of how thorough the quote was and how knowledgeable the contractor was in tackling this project. He spent nearly an hour with me on-site, examining the deck and offering ideas on how we could resurface the deck. Suffice it to say, there was no ambiguity with him on what I was going to get for a completely resurfaced deck. In addition, he guaranteed he would have the work completed in three weeks.
Of particular interest to me in this contractor’s proposal was his recommendation to breadboard the perimeter of the deck, and sections of it in the middle, for aesthetic, functional and cost reasons. From the jobsite pictures shown on this page, you can see the bread-boarding finished deck surface.
The contractor and his crew ended up doing a fantastic job and acted professional the entire time on site. I could not have been more pleased with the quality of their work and their behavior on this jobsite. Thus I would highly recommend the contractor and his team. The contractor’s name is Larry Cotter and his company is called The Lacewood Group, and they are located in Moultonborough, New Hampshire. Here is his company’s website, http://www.lacewood.com/.
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