Has the original lumber used on your deck become a dried-up rotting eyesore? Are you continuing to surrender one weekend a year for upkeep?

If you are tired of staining, painting, and sliver, re-decking a deck is a job well within the skill level of almost every do-it-yourself-er.

Redecking existing decks is a lot easier, faster, and less expensive than building a new deck.

Step One | Examine structural framework.

Test for structure soundness by probing the joist tops.  Do this by using a scratch awl (long thing object), table knife, or a thin screwdriver. Probe between the decking in a number of different areas by simply pushing the probe down between the decking boards and into the top of the joist. If the probe goes in, you know you have some rot. If there is rot, those joists will need to be replaced before the re-deck.

Step Two | Remove old decking.

Once all the decking is off, you should check the framing structure over and make any necessary repairs or replacements prior to attaching the new decking. There are a few specific items to check for:

  • Stiff Backing
  • Joist Hangers
  • Ledgers
  • Ledger Lags
  • Carriage Bolts in the beams Beams
  • Flashing
  • Railing Posts
  • Blocking around Railing Posts
  • Diagonal Bracing or any other connections

Step 3 | Measure your joist spacing.

Ninety-five percent of Capped Composite or Cellular PVC decking needs to be 16″ on center, not 24″ on center with parallel decking. If the joists are 24″ you can add another joist between each existing joist.

Deckmasters highly recommends on all re-decks to add joist wrap to the top of every joist and stair stringer. This seals all existing holes that came from old nails or screws. It also seals all new screws, sheds water off the top of joists, looks better from the top between the decking boards and extends the life span of the joist. This is very inexpensive and protects the deck from future rot and decay.

Step Four | Install

Installation of that new Capped Composite or Cellular PVC decking you waiting that you picked out from the showroom!  With clipped systems and board spacers this process is easy.  Just remember to measure twice and cut once.