Should I Resurface or Rebuild My Deck?

A Lakeshore Customs expert is resurfacing a deck on Lake Michigan with TimberTech Composite Decking.

Is Deck Resurfacing Right For You and Your Deck?

Homeowners in West Michigan know just how valuable a good-quality deck can be. But over time, your deck boards can fade, wear out, and take on damages from harsh weather conditions. Luckily, you might not have to rebuild your entire deck when this happens. 

Deck resurfacing is a great solution for decks that aren’t very old but have worn-out boards in need of replacement. It’s also popular with new homeowners who are looking to revamp their existing deck.

What is Deck Resurfacing?

Deck resurfacing, also known as reskinning, involves replacing the boards, railings, and/or steps on your deck with new materials, leaving the existing foundation and frame.

Should I Resurface My Deck?

If your deck’s foundation is newer, structurally sound, and built with quality materials (like pressure-treated lumber), resurfacing is a great solution if you are looking to:

  • Spend less on material and labor costs
  • Upgrade your deck’s quality in only a couple of days
  • Change the style, color, or finish of your deck boards and/or railings
TimberTech patio overlooking a quiet day on a lake

Resurface Your Deck With TimberTech

Resurface your deck with materials that are long-lasting, low-maintenance, and completely customizable. At Lakeshore Customs, we offer just that with TimberTech decking.

TimberTech’s Composite Decking and Advanced PVC Decking go above and beyond traditional decking materials. With realistic wood looks and a protective polymer cap that resists moisture and preserves rich color, your deck will look stunning for longer without the worry and maintenance of real wood.

Benefits of Replacing Deck Boards With TimberTech

When Should You Rebuild Your Deck Instead of Reskinning It?

As long as your deck’s foundation is well-constructed and less than 15 years old, resurfacing is a great, budget-friendly option. However, there are some instances in which you should opt to rebuild your deck instead of reskinning it including:

  • Age – If your deck is more than 20 years old, it’s probably wise to rebuild it, saving you money in the long run. 
  • Joist Spacing – New manufactured materials like composite often require joists to be spaced 16 inches apart. However, many old decks have 24-inch spacing. 
  • Uneven Joists – Uneven joists can cause an uneven deck surface. This issue is more prevalent when installing manufactured decking. 
  • Structural Issues – If your deck’s foundation isn’t up to code or is showing signs of rot, wear, or damage, the safest option is to rebuild. 
A Lakeshore Customs employee cuts TimberTech Composite Decking boards for resurfacing.

Reskin Your Deck With Lakeshore Customs

Wondering if your deck qualifies for resurfacing? When you choose Lakeshore Customs, we’ll carefully inspect your existing deck to create a plan of action that’s best for you and your property. Just send us a message or give us a call at (616) 994-2215 to get started!

While ‘Lakeshore’ is in our name, we are deck builders throughout Michigan, not just along the lake. You can find our work near you in:

  • Allegan, MI
  • Benton Harbor, MI
  • Cascade, MI
  • Fennville, MI
  • Grand Haven, MI
  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Hart, MI
  • Holland, MI
  • Kentwood, MI
  • Manistee, MI
  • Muskegon, MI
  • Norton Shores, MI
  • Pentwater, MI
  • Rockford, MI
  • Saugatuck, MI
  • Shelby, MI
  • South Haven, MI
  • Walker, MI
  • West Olive, MI
  • Traverse City, MI
  • Elk Rapids, MI
  • Torch Lake, MI
  • Leland, MI
  • Suttons Bay, MI
  • Empire, MI
  • Frankfort, MI
  • Arcadia, MI
  • Glen Arbor, MI
  • Bear Lake, MI
  • Interlochen, MI
  • Lake Ann, MI
  • Long Lake, MI