A deck is a special place for homeowners — it can feel like a little slice of heaven. Sitting on your deck with your favorite drink, listening to the birds while you relax in the rays of a golden sunset.
Renovating your deck can bring you extra joy in your life while adding value to your home. By upgrading the deck, you can increase your home’s resale value and make it more appealing to potential buyers. This is especially true if you’re looking for a place to entertain guests or relax after a long day.
In addition to providing better function for parties or other outdoor activities, renovating your deck can improve the look of your home’s exterior. By updating the railing, roofing, and flooring, you’ll create a look that’s both modern and timeless.
A deck renovation can be a relatively easy and inexpensive project to undertake. Costs vary depending on the size of the deck and what materials are needed.
If you’re considering a deck renovation for your home, we’ve got a few tips you’ll want to think about before you begin.
Which Materials Should You Use for Deck Renovation?
When it comes to deck renovation, there are a variety of materials that can be used. Here’s a look at the different types and their benefits and drawbacks:
The most popular type of material for decks is wood. While wood is strong and durable, it can take a long time to weatherize wood, so consider whether you need that level of durability or if you want something that will look nicer in year one (and maybe not need maintenance).
Another option is composite decking. This material is made up of several layers of different substances such as wood chips or fiberglass. Composite decking is lighter than traditional wood decks and more resistant to rot and pests. It may require some extra maintenance in the form of treatment for mold or moisture damage.
If you don’t have any room for a deck or your budget doesn’t allow for a full renovation, consider using patio coverings like tile or pavers instead. These materials are easy to maintain and look great when installed correctly. Just make sure you choose the right type for your specific needs — some tiles are too fragile for heavy use while others cannot take temperatures below freezing without cracking (pavers are more forgiving).
Choosing a Design for Your Deck Renovation
When planning a deck renovation, the first step is to think about the design of the deck and your space. There are a few things to consider, including the size and shape of your deck as well as your budget.
If you’re not sure where to start, there are plenty of resources available online and in home improvement stores. Better yet, start by talking to a qualified contractor like VPC Builders. Professional contractors have the experience and expertise to guide you through a design that fits your home aesthetic and provides the function for your unique lifestyle.
Once you have a plan in place, you can let the contractor do all the work for you. As with any home construction project, the work must be done correctly so that the structure is safe, secure, and durable.
With a little effort, you can transform your outdoor space into an oasis that you’ll enjoy for years to come.
Maintaining Your Deck After the Renovation Is Complete
To get the most out of your deck renovation investment, be sure to follow these important tips.
Perform Regular Inspections
When it comes to maintaining your deck after a renovation is complete, it’s important to inspect it regularly for signs of damage or wear and tear. If you notice any issues, be sure to address them as soon as possible.
Keep It Clean
Keep your deck clean by sweeping it regularly and removing any debris or stains.
Be sure to reseal your deck every few years to protect it from the elements.
Rearrange Things Every So Often
If you have furniture on your deck, make sure to move it around occasionally to avoid damaging the finish.
Last but not least, be sure to take the time to relax and enjoy your newly renovated space!
Choosing the Right Contractor for Deck Renovation
When choosing a contractor for your deck renovation, it’s always a good idea to get multiple bids and references. Ask each contractor how they would approach your project, and make sure their plan is in line with your vision.
If the contractor has renovated decks before, ask to see photos of their work. Better yet, if you have an opportunity to visit one of their renovated decks in person, do it.
Be sure to ask about the materials they would use, as well as the estimated cost and timeline for the project. You should expect the contractor to acquire all the necessary permits for your project. Don’t hesitate to ask questions until you feel you understand all the answers.
In addition, it would be prudent to have an engineer involved in ensuring the integrity of your deck’s structure. The cost is almost always worth it.
Finally, make sure you are comfortable with the contractor you choose, as you will be working closely with them throughout the project. Trust your gut — if something feels off, it probably is!
At VPC Builders, our team genuinely cares about our customers and provides them with results they will be thrilled with. If you have any questions about deck renovation, just give us a call. We’re always ready and eager to talk about our construction experience.
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