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Front Page - Friday, June 23, 2023

Old deck looking shabby? How to plan for a remodel

A deck provides extended living space and an outdoor space to relax and socialize. If your deck could use a refresh, you should consider remodeling to improve both your home’s value and your everyday enjoyment of your home.

A wood deck with an average construction cost of $17,051 has an estimated resale value of $8,553, which garners a healthy 50.2% in recouped costs, the 2023 Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report (www.remodeling.hw.net/cost-vs-value/2023) reveals.

To help you plan for a deck remodel, consider hiring a professional contractor and start making a list of your preferences for size, materials and personalized features.

Determine the scope of your project

If you’re adding to your existing deck, remember that the finishes might look newer than your old decking.

If you’re completely overhauling or building a new deck, think about the overall flow of the area from the inside to the outside of your home. Will you need a staircase and railing?

These details will help you determine the size and scope of your project.

Consider special features

Modern decks include more than outdoor furniture. If your deck is multifunctional, talk to your contractor about customizable features such as built-in planters, seating or a firepit.

Another popular addition to decks is rail and built-in deck lighting to create an inviting ambience to your outdoor space.

Hire a professional remodeler

Building a deck requires more than wood planks and tools. A professional contractor will ensure you have the correct materials and will build your deck to code.

If you need a construction permit, an experienced contractor will know how to secure one from the local building department or municipal office.

Another benefit of hiring a professional is that if a problem arises, they’ll troubleshoot problems on the jobsite and keep your project on schedule.

Research deck material options

Modern deck materials are available in a range of styles, colors and patterns. Composite material, made of recycled plastics and wood fiber, is a low-maintenance option that does not need staining or sealing.

Another popular deck material is fiberglass, due to its longevity and resistance to mildew or rust.

There also are distinct types of wood, from pressure-treated to redwood and cedar that can offer durability for decks. A professional remodeler can recommend materials for future maintenance related to sealing, staining and repairing.

Select a time that fits your schedule

Remodelers install decks throughout the year. Spring and summer are popular times for homeowners to enjoy the space during the warmer months. Winter can make the excavation easier for remodelers since the ground is firm due to the freezing weather.

Before your project starts, you must be available to clear the space so the remodeler can start as scheduled. You might also need to find a cool, dry area for your remodeler to store materials while your project is underway.

To find a professional remodeler near you to build a deck for your home, visit the membership directory of the Home Builders Association of Greater Chattanooga (members.hbagc.net).