Resurfacing Wood DecksDeck flooring options to give new life to an old wood deck
Is your current wood deck looking rather sad and weather worn?
Provided the deck is structurally sound and doesn’t have an uneven surface due to warped planks, you can generally lay interlocking Ipe wood tiles, structural Ipe wood tiles or porcelain pavers directly over the top of the existing deck boards. This is typically a much more cost effective and simpler option than a total deck rebuild or resurfacing with new wood planks. Naturally if any of the old timber is showing some decay or is in an otherwise unsafe condition, it should be replaced.
The simplest system for resurfacing an existing deck is to use interlocking deck tiles, since these tiles simply click together over the existing surface. It is important however that the surface is smooth and level as otherwise the interlocking tiles could ‘rock’ on the surface or may rise up at one side potentially creating a tripping hazard.
Using structural Ipe wood tiles or porcelain pavers for the new surface however can be somewhat more forgiving. In this case, low height rubber support pads are placed under each corner of the tiles or pavers and thin spacers are used to make any minor height corrections to avoid any possibility of the tiles rocking.
Porcelain pavers are exceptionally strong, scratch resistant, stain resistant, frost resistant and fireproof and offer an exceptional choice of deck flooring options in terms of colors and styles. You can choose from wood look, stone look, cement look and even rustic styles of pavers. As well as the ‘standard’ size of 24” x 24”, other sizes such as 16″ x 48″ and 24″ x 48″ are also available in selected colors.
But either option, interlocking deck tiles or porcelain pavers, also gives you a great opportunity to create a dry area underneath an existing elevated deck without much additional expense
Firstly you lay down an EPDM sheet to completely cover your existing deck. You can buy EPDM in different widths with lengths up to 50′ wide from specialist suppliers such Best Materials or Resource Conservation Technology who can also custom fabricate a single sheet to avoid seams. Cut the EPDM sheet to fit the area you want to keep dry underneath and try to make sure there are no seams in the EPDM sheet if possible. If you need to seal around pipes or posts etc., there are sealers made specifically for EPDM such as M-1 Sealant.
Then you just lay the interlocking deck tiles or pavers over the top of this membrane and in no time at all, you’ll have a great looking new deck and a totally dry area underneath.
For further information on using porcelain pavers or interlocking deck tiles for resurfacing wood decks or if you have a particular question about outdoor flooring, just give us a call on 866 206 8316 or send us an e-mail.