If you’re looking for a good and straightforward home remodeling project to kickstart the season, then building a deck or renovating an existing one is a great way to increase both your home’s appeal and value at the same time. For existing decks, the total cost depends on how much of your old deck you can keep. The question is, how do you know if your deck is a good candidate for a remodel?
The footings of your deck are prone to heaving due to the natural expansion and contraction of the ground. This causes the deck surface to bend upwards as the footings are no longer as deep as they used to be. A good deck design should include solid foundational construction to ensure the longevity of the construction. However, if you’re renovating an existing deck, it may be best to set the new footings next to the old ones as removals are highly impractical.
Wood decks are beautiful to look at, but their maintenance requirements leave much to be desired. Take a closer look at the posts, joists and the overall frame construction. Is the wood showing signs of deterioration? If so, then undertaking a remodel over a weakened support structure can be potentially problematic.
Much like any home improvement project, such as a bathroom or a kitchen renovation, decks must be built with functionality as the top of the priority list, but this doesn’t mean you’ll have to sacrifice visual appeal. Oftentimes, replacing worn-out trim and fading finishes is an easy enough job, but if you’re looking at a new construction, don’t forget to include detailing in your plans.
At STL Design and Build, we can help you build (or rebuild) an incredible deck that will surely be the envy of the neighborhood. Give us a call at (314) 930-3888, or fill out our online contact form to schedule a conversation with our representatives and request a free estimate today.