As our feature story for this week’s blog, Archadeck of Central GA takes you to a backyard in Monroe County, just outside the Macon city limits.
A 1970’s deck…
The story begins like many of our deck projects do — with an aging wooden deck that had seen better days, and homeowners with the desire to bring their outdoor living space to its full potential. This project was a little unique, in that the existing deck looked original to the home dating it’s original construction sometime in the 1970s — pretty groovy, huh?
The customers really wanted to retain the size of the original deck, but with an updated appeal. They longed for a deck that was low-maintenance and high-aesthetic. In order to fulfill their wishes, Archadeck of Central GA suggested redecking. Redecking, also sometimes called deck resurfacing, involves using your deck’s existing substructure and installing new decking boards, and/or railings, in order to renew the deck.
If the substructure (the base that the deck is built on) is in good shape, you may be able to save money and time by redecking. The key elements we look at during a redecking evaluation are the quality of the original substructure and how it has weathered or degraded over time. We also determine if any applicable building codes have changed since your deck was originally installed.
During this project, however, the age of the original deck brought many issues to light. This included the lack of blocking in the original installation and joists that were resting atop the brick latticework of the space.
A modern update was needed
To bring this deck into the 21st century, Archadeck of Central GA had to install a new deck band across the front of the deck, and a new beam since the deck was cantilevered, among other structural upgrades. In order to safely complete these upgrades, we had to install a temporary beam.
Once the structural amendments were completed, we then redecked the deck floor with low-maintenance Fiberon Good Life decking in Beach house multi-chromatic. We also installed an all new Fortress railing with square, black pickets and finished it off with a Fiberon rail cap.
Fiberon Good Life Decking delivers the low-maintenance benefits of a composite at a price that’s closer to wood. This product is capped on three sides with a tough protective finish, which resists staining and fading. And with its solid composite construction, these Monroe County homeowners can say goodbye to rotting, warping, splintering boards, too.
Stephen Denton, owner Archadeck of Central Georgia.