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What is Re-Decking?

Re-decking is the process of renovating a deck by using the existing substructure and replacing the decking boards, railing, and steps. Re-decking is only possible if a deck’s substructure is sound and up to code.

Re-Decking Benefits

If re-decking is an option for you, there are many benefits to this type of renovation.

Custom deck before and after


One important benefit of re-decking is the cost savings. If your deck needs to renovation and your substructure can be utilized for the new deck, you could save as much as 20-40% on the total cost of the project with re-decking versus replacement. Also, today’s homeowners often want the low-maintenance of composite materials, and re-decking is a cost-effective way to get this upgrade.


Re-decking is a less-involved process than replacing a deck. Because the main structure stays in place and permits are generally not required, this greatly decreases the construction and administrative time.


If your new deck design does not require changes to the footprint or structural supports of your existing deck, permits are not typically required. Permits take time to acquire and get approved, so you’ll save the time and hassle of pulling permits and securing inspections.


If you live in a neighborhood with an HOA, alterations to your property often require HOA approval. This can be a lengthy process. Depending on the efficiency of your HOA board, getting approval can sometimes delay the start of a project. If you’re not changing the size and shape of your deck, you might not have to go through this process.

Re-Decking Challenges

Although re-decking is a great option for many people, there are some challenges to consider for this type of renovation.

Inadequate Structural Support

re-decking if there is adequate structural supportWhen assessing the integrity of an existing deck, it is common to find that various methods of construction have been used. Structural designs can vary widely amongst different builders, and changing code requirements can result in different means of building over time. Our staff will be able to assess your deck’s structure and determine if re-using it is a safe possibility, or if additional support is necessary.

Design Constraints

Keeping the exact same deck footprint for your renovation will allow you to maximize the cost- and time-saving benefits of re-decking. However, this may feel limiting to families who want their deck to be a different shape or size. Sometimes we can add a new substructure to what exists for re-deck expansion projects, but this depends on the specific details of the existing structure and the desired expansion.

Structural Warranty

Although the material’s manufacturer warranties will all still be valid, the Archadeck 5-year structural warranty would not apply to a re-decking project. Since the deck substructure is already in place and was built earlier and by someone else, we would not be able to warranty its structural integrity.

If you are considering the pros and cons of re-decking your existing outdoor living structure, give Archadeck of Raleigh-Durham a call today: (919) 446-5585 We can answer any questions and help you plan a renovation that is right for you. We look forward to working with you!

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