Tim Stephens, owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio, recently starred in a video featured on the Fiberon national website in their Who’s on Deck? video series. Tim’s episode was “What Are The Advantages Of A ‘Re-Deck’?” Fiberon is one of the leading manufacturers of composite decking materials.
The tagline for Fiberon’s “Who’s on Deck?” video series is, “The show where we ask the decking questions of people who have the decking answers.” That would be Tim!
Appearing in this video gave Tim the perfect opportunity to talk about one of his favorite topics, the option of redecking. Redecking is a money-saving option often overlooked when a homeowner calls a deck builder and asks, “Can you replace my old deck?” To Dayton and Cincinnati-area homeowners, Tim Stephens says, “Yes, we can, and we may be able to save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars in the process!”
Does saving that much money on a high-quality deck replacement sound too good to be true? Is there a catch? No, not a catch, but a key consideration: What is the condition of your deck’s structural support or framework?
Before we commit to a redeck, Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio will come out and inspect your deck, especially the beams and joists underneath. We actually inspect it twice: once to give you an initial estimate, and again after we remove the deck’s surface material — the “floor” of the deck. Once we can completely examine the substructure, the joist layout and how the deck is attached to the house, then we will know for certain if redecking is an option for you.
Why is it possible that the deck substructure may be in better condition than the deck surface? The joists, footers and beams under the deck have been protected from the weather, so they’re usually in pretty good shape.
What is redecking? It’s the process where the surface of a deck is removed and replaced with a new surface. Usually it’s a wood deck that needs to be replaced, having become weather-worn over the years. If you’re going to have it redecked, you must make a big decision: will you replace your old wood deck with more wood, or will you replace it with one of the long-lasting, low-maintenance composite decking products available today?
ADVANTAGES OF REDECKING
• Using a pre-existing substructure means you’re paying for less new material overall.
• Reducing man-hours for the building crew to redeck compared to building a new deck from scratch saves on crew time, one of the factors that goes into total project cost.
• No building permit needed (usually). For most local building code enforcement offices, a redeck falls into the category of maintenance. If we’re not expanding or changing the shape of the deck, we usually don’t need a building permit.
- We won’t spend time preparing the detailed drawings required for a permit.
- We won’t have to wait for a permitting office to approve building plans.
• The job gets done faster because crew doesn’t spend time building a deck substructure.
• A redeck looks and feels like a brand new deck! You’ll have new flooring, railings and steps. The only materials that won’t be brand new are the posts and beams, and no one will see those unless they go under the deck and look up. Who does that?
• Take this perfect opportunity to update your deck by adding built-in amenities like subtle lighting for nighttime safety at steps and railing posts.
Eliminating traditional deck maintenance
• This advantage applies if you choose one of the low-maintenance composite decking products available today, instead of traditional wood. Are you tired of sanding and staining that wooden deck? Tired of seeing your wooden deck deteriorate as the years go by?
• As we point out in the Fiberon video, you can’t burn pressure-treated wood because of the chemicals it’s been treated with; it goes straight to the landfill. So if we can reuse your existing posts and beams, that’s less material we’ll need to dispose of.
We have written about redecking in the past because there are so many good reasons a homeowner may want to consider redecking instead of building a totally brand new deck. The biggest factor, and the one that tips many decision-makers into the redecking camp, is the opportunity to replace a wood deck with a composite deck. We find that more and more homeowners appreciate the promise of a low-maintenance lifestyle. Composite decking materials, including those manufactured by Fiberon, resist fading and staining; they don’t splinter, crack, attract insects or decay, and they resist mold and mildew. The technology for producing composites has improved over the last several years. You can find an incredible array of colors and textures to choose from in composite decking materials.
When would you not redeck? Obviously, if your deck’s substructure is no longer sound, then redecking is not an option for you. Another consideration is whether you want to extend your deck or change its shape. If you want to expand the design of your outdoor living space beyond the existing deck footprint, you will likely be required to obtain a building permit, eliminating one (but not all!) of the advantages of redecking.
If you are thinking about replacing your deck, contact Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio today to learn more about the option of redecking. Call (937) 848 – 7040 or (513) 897 – 2040, or email [email protected].
Tim Stephens, owner, Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio.
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