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To Deck Or Redeck, That Is The Question

Broken deck floor

When a homeowner comes to us and requests we create a new outdoor living space for them, it is sometimes possible that their existing deck can be re-decked, resurfaced or upgraded and in some cases even expanded upon to achieve their goal. As the area’s premier deck and porch builder, here at Archadeck of Akron, custom designed decks are among our many specialties. With this in mind, we can often expand upon and customize what is already present in your backyard space in order to deliver you the backyard of your dreams.

Before and after redecking

Elaborating and improving the design of your existing deck can include redecking the existing decking boards from aged wood to new, top-quality wood again or from wood to a low-maintenance synthetic such as TimberTech or AZEK that is easier to care for and will outlast pressure treated wood by a long shot. Other benefits of redecking/resurfacing include adding character with a dynamic shape, expanding your deck’s original size to enhance function, railing upgrades and even a directional change in the stairs. In many cases, these upgrades are possible by utilizing the substructure and footings of your existing Akron deck.

New deck or redeck? — that is the question

Multi-level deck with outdoor kitchen and seating area

Ultimately, the first step in determining if your existing deck is a good candidate for redecking is to have it evaluated by a reputable deck builder such as Archadeck of Akron. If the substructure (which is the base that the deck is built on) is in good shape, you may be able to save money and time by redecking instead of tearing down your old deck and starting from scratch with a new one. The key elements we need to evaluate to determine if your deck is a candidate will include the quality and structural integrity of the original substructure and how it has weathered over time. We will also determine if any applicable building codes have changed since the deck was originally installed, if the deck fits all the criteria required for redecking, we will make sure it complies with those new building codes as well.

Friends hanging out on multi-level backyard deck

Once your existing deck is deemed a good candidate for resurfacing, we will then work with you to help you choose the material that best fits your needs and budget. Here at Archadeck of Akron, we have many decking materials to choose from. We can help you decide on a wood or synthetic decking material. Synthetic materials such as composites, capstock and solid PVC are composed of elements that stabilize and protect them from UV damage. These materials also have several advantages over most species of wood. The synthetic material is much less likely to crack or chip, and are impervious to insects such as termites. An added benefit of choosing synthetic is that it will never have to be treated or stained — that means you focus on enjoying your backyard rather than maintaining it!

If you are ready to breathe new life into your tired backyard deck and add years of outdoor living enjoyment contact Archadeck today at (330) 537-6412.

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