Putting new deck boards over old is possible but there are many contradicting opinions on this topic. While it is not a big deal, it is definitely something you can do, but you need to follow some guidelines.
If you notice your wood deck has begun to deteriorate, loose color, creak, rot, or wobble, it is time to look more into it. These damages on a deck are not only unappealing but can also become dangerous because a rotten deck can allow water to penetrate the foundation of the house. In addition, it also causes loose wood planks that can make you trip and fall.
One solution on how to fix this issue is to put composite new deck boards over the old one. Composite boards are very durable and can come in a variety of colors that mimic original wood. Unlike natural wood decks, these ones have a longer lifespan and are also easier to clean and to maintain.
Putting a new composite deck over an old one will save you not only time but also money because you do not need to replace the old deck, remove the old planks, or do anything else to your existing deck. You need to make sure however that the existing deck is in good structural shape.
First you need to make sure the planks are fixed in place and are not loose. They must create a flat surface where you can start building the new deck on top.
Next, check that the frame is not damaged and that it can support the new deck that goes on top.
Most importantly make sure the old wood deck is not rotting. If you notice signs of rot, it is better to replace the decking completely with a new one because once moisture has penetrated the top layer of the deck it is only a matter of days before it starts damaging the structure.
If you are not too familiar with DIY work, call us at RH Renovation NYC to inspect your existing deck and advise on the best course of action. Our team can provide you with a cost estimate for free whether it is for new deck boards over old or a full deck replacement. In addition, we can advise you on the best material for the location of your property but also the best look that will make your outdoors stand out and make you want to enjoy time outside.