Tips for Deck Remodel

Decks are important because they give homeowners a place to relax and enjoy the company of neighbors, family and friends. They can also complement the style of your home, add a special touch of comfort. If more space is needed in your home, you can use them to add an outdoor living area.

Remodeling a deck can rejuvenate your outdoor living space and give your home a new look. The following are factors to be taken into consideration before remodeling:

1.Think of your deck remodel plan

It is important to understand if your deck needs a full remodel, an addition or just some maintenance. You also need to consider whether you would like to update your deck so it can keep up with changing styles, or you just want it to look new again.

2. Confirm the correct situation of your deck

Before any work begins, it is important to find out how to solve your deck’s problem. If the deck is dull, dirty or weathered surfaces a pressure-washing and refinishing treatment can transform it. But, if the deck shows signs of wear like wobbly stairs, separating planks and soft wood, there is a possibility it is structurally unsound and will need much more work. Confirming the situation of your deck is also important as it can give an estimate of the time that is required for the remodeling.

3. Find out if you need a deck remodel permit

When the remodel makes up anything more major than a simple sanding and refinishing, a construction permit may be needed. This will involve calling your local building department or municipal offices where you will fill out your permit applications and submit them along with a copy of your construction plans, a property survey and a filing fee.

Finally, remodeling of the deck is necessary because the deck needs to comply with safety and code requirements. Rain, wind, sun and other environmental stressors can take their toll on a deck and cause serious problems. This could lead to injuries resulting from a sagging platform to a full collapse. Other problems that may arise are improperly spaced railings and insufficient drainage systems.