In a past article, we shared a few tips for determining whether your deck needs to be fully replaced, or just repaired. You can check it out right here! Included are 4 key inspection checkpoints to help you make the best decision possible.
Today, let’s drill down into another closely-related topic: is partially replacing (or “reskinning”) your deck a good idea?
The Risks and Rewards of Replacing Deck Boards
As deck building and maintenance professionals, we encounter homeowners pretty frequently who are interested in just replacing the deck boards. The idea is to save a little cash and give their outdoor space a new look.
Some even want to switch to composite deck material, installing it right on the existing structure.
Sounds good, right?
Not so much!
Let’s get nerdy for a minute and talk about why this isn’t such a great idea. In fact, this approach can cost you MORE in the long run than replacing your entire deck. Seriously.
Is this to say that repairing your deck is never a good idea? Definitely not!
In fact, we specialize in deck repair and maintenance. The key takeaway here is that simply replacing PART of an old deck to try and save money isn’t always as great an idea as you might think. We take it on a case by case basis, walking through the pros and cons with you along the way.
A full deck replacement varies between $24-45 sq/ft. Many factors dictate the price point, including:
We hope this helps! At the end of the day, we want to help you make the best investment that yields the highest return possible. Ready to talk decking in more detail? Contact us today!