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The Complete Guide to Your Extreme Deck Makeover

August 4, 2020
If you are growing tired of repairing and maintaining your old deck, an extreme deck makeover is a great way to make your deck look new without paying the price for a whole new deck. Whether you have a great foundation to your deck, but the board needs replaced, you want to expand the size of the deck, or you want to update the style, an extreme deck makeover is a budget-friendly way to refresh your outdoor living space.

What is an extreme deck makeover?

An extreme deck makeover is an affordable way to upgrade your outdoor living space without breaking the bank. If you’re tired of looking at your old deck and want to give it a new life, an extreme deck makeover is the way to go! With an extreme deck makeover, you can:
  • Add outdoor LED deck lighting
  • Add new floorboards
  • Add new railings
  • Upgrade to low or no maintenance materials
  • Expand the size of your deck
  • Tighten up framing
With an extreme deck makeover, you can transform your existing deck into a beautiful place to relax. This is a great option for those working within a smaller budget where a brand-new deck may not be an option.

Why choose a deck makeover over a replacement?

An extreme deck makeover offers a variety of benefits. If your deck has a good foundation, you may be a good candidate for an extreme deck makeover where you can enjoy benefits such as:
  • More modern and stylish appearance
  • Increased curb appeal
  • Safer and more durable deck
  • Less time and money spent on maintenance and repairs
If you are happy with your deck and the purpose that it serves, then remodeling your deck is a great way to refresh your space and stay within your budget. Prior to your extreme deck makeover, your deck will need to be evaluated to see if it was built to code with exceptional workmanship and whether or not it has any extensive structural damage.

Wood Choices

When it comes to choosing the materials for your deck, there are a range of options to your needs, your style, and your budget. If you want a low maintenance deck, then a great choice would be manufactured boards, whereas if you are interested in having a beautiful overall appearance, then wood boards would be your best choice. Common deck materials used for extreme deck makeovers include:
  • Pressure-Treated Wood – With this type of wood, you can easily stain and waterproof, and it is easy to work with overall. It is important to keep in mind, however, that this type of material will corrode any unprotected metal fasteners and connectors. Another factor to consider is that pressure-treated wood can be prone to warping and cracking without proper maintenance. They also require frequent staining, resealing, and cleaning.
  • PVC – With PVC, you receive superior moisture resistance with no swelling or shrinking. You also do not have to worry about termite infestations or rot, and you can enjoy the easy maintenance and cleaning. Depending on the PVC you choose, some of them look less wood-like, and the boards may squeak when they are stepped, which may not suit your needs depending on the look you want to achieve.
  • Composite – Composite is available in a wide range of colors and textures to match your style and to suit your needs. When properly cared for and regularly maintained, the composite will last a long time. Some major benefits of the composite are that it won’t rot, splinter, or crack. Keep mind that in some cases, composite products can look lees wood-like compared to other options out on the market. This material is also prone to scuff, scratches, and stains.
When it comes to choosing the best material for your deck, it is important to consider what you plan to use your deck for, how much time you will have to spend on maintaining and cleaning it, and what budget you have to spend on the materials and on their maintenance.

Deck Features

Once you’ve chosen your materials, you may consider adding stylish deck features that can not only enhance the look of your deck but can also make it more convenient to use for relaxing or entertaining. Built-in design elements that can add style and function oy our space include:
Fire Pit
Enjoy your deck, even on cooler evenings, by adding a fire pit. This adds a stylish and functional element to your deck that you can enjoy throughout the year.
Built-In Furniture
If you plan to use your deck for entertaining friends and family, then having adequate seating is crucial. With built-in benches along the deck railings and the addition of soft, plush pillows, you can provide your guests with plenty of room to relax.
Awnings
Don’t let the rain or the hot sun ruin your day out on the deck. By adding an awning, which is available in a variety of styles, colors, and designs, you can protect yourself from the rain and harmful UV rays to make your deck a more comfortable place to relax. An awning can also help reduce fading on your furnishings and block UV rays from entering your home.

Deck Roofing 

Adding a roof to your deck can help you create a luxurious retreat for relaxation or a cozy spot to hang out with friends and family. Whether you want a classic, yet stylish roof with a beadboard look and ceilings, or a more rustic, open rafter design to catch the eye, there is a range of designs for your deck roof to meet your style and your needs. A deck roof offers a variety of benefits, including:
Get Your Plants Started in the Spring
Having a covered deck come springtime is great for those with a green thumb. You can climatize your seedling and plant to the weather conditions by placing them under the shelter of the deck where they can get sun every day.
Use Your Grill Year Round
With protection from the elements, you can use your grill throughout the year, even if it is cooler or rainy. By adding a roof to your deck, you can extend your grilling time and enjoy all the delicious barbeque favorites all year round.
Enjoy Your Deck Rain or Shine
One of the most common reasons to add a roof over your deck to protect yourself from the elements. The sun beating down on you is not pleasant while you are trying to enjoy time relaxing on your deck, and it would be a shame to let the rain ruin your gathering with family and friends. With a roof over your deck, you don’t have to worry about the sun or the rain.
By adding on a deck roof, you can extend the use of your deck year-round and get the most out of your investment.

Deck Accessories

Built-in Grills
Grilling on the deck is a common activity for many homeowners. You can take your grilling to the next level with a built-in grill or outdoor kitchen that is built directly into the stonework of your deck. By building the deck into the stonework, you can also add counter space, creating a sleek and functional area of your deck.
Drink Rails
Transform the top of your deck railing into a usable, flat surface where you and your guests can sit and enjoy a meal or a drink. With a drink rail, you can create a visually appealing, functional area of your grill that goes beyond the common staggered post caps.
LED Lighting
Adding lighting, that goes far beyond the common tiki torches or traditional lampposts, can make your deck safer at night while also bringing a relaxing ambiance to your space. You can light your stairs, highlight your grilling, or bar area, and more with the endless lighting options out there. From accent lighting to decorative lighting, LED lighting is a great option for your deck due to its brightness and the cost-savings it will generate for your electricity bill.
The accessories will help add flair to your deck, creating a comfortable and functional space that you can enjoy for years to come.

Ready for an Extreme Deck Makeover? Contact Quaker State Construction Today!

At Quaker State Construction, our Extreme Deck Makeover services allow you to refresh your deck and create an outdoor living space that you can enjoy all year round! Contact our expert staff today to get started.