This deck nestled in the backyard of a Mount Pleasant home is looking old and worn out. This deck needs a change and a fresh new look to bring it back to life. The old deck has old weathered deck boards and a dated railing system. Upon inspection the joists underneath the deck are rotting and need replacing. First job is to demo the deck and remove all the parts we are replacing. Railings come off first, then the old deck boards are pulled, lastly the framing that is damaged and rotting is removed.
After all the old and rotted wood is removed then its time to start rebuilding and strengthening the deck. With new joists installed, the rim board reinforced and all the joints strengthened, its time to start laying the new deck boards. In this job, the client has asked for Timbertech’s Azek line of composite decking boards. These plastic boards are made of mostly recycled parts and stay strong for decades to come.
With all repairs finished on the framing, and the new composite decking boards laid, next step was to build the new stairs using new stringers and composite decking for treads. Next in line is the Hardie fascia board. This is primarly a concrete board that is not only tough and durable, but stylish to look at. All Hardie fascia on the deck and housing the stairs were painted white to match the trim from the house.
The last area to be addressed is the railings. The client chose a cedar picket railing system, and after seeing some samples, chose the stain to be applied to the railings. Stained cedar looks incredible and certainly makes the wood a strong feature on this deck. After cleaning up all the smaller details on the deck, the end result was outstanding. It personally gives me beach house feelings and would be the envy of any neighbour who catches a glimpse. This deck needed a change and it certainly got one.