Do-it-yourself Deck Repairs for Weather Worn Wood Decks
If your existing wood deck is looking a bit weather worn,
covering the deck with our decking tiles can be a
much more cost effective and simpler solution than a total
rebuild or resurfacing with new wood planks.
Provided the deck is structurally sound and doesn't have an
uneven surface due to warped planks, you
can lay our decking tiles directly over the top of the existing deck for a fuss free, cost effective solution.
Naturally if any of the old timber is showing some decay or
is in an otherwise unsafe condition it should be replaced,
since interlocking deck tiles will not provide any additional structural strength and need to be laid on a firm level surface without "rocking".
And another great advantage of using decking tiles to
repair or resurface an existing upper level wood deck is
that you can easily make the area under the deck waterproof.
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
Resource Conservation Technology who can also custom
fabricate a single sheet to avoid seams. They can also
supply a complete system that includes all required
adhesives, sealants etc.
Cut the EPDM sheet to fit your deck - or the area which you want to keep dry underneath and try to make sure there are no seams so the moisture barrier is one continuous sheet.
If you need to seal around pipes or posts etc., there are
sealers made specifically for EPDM such as M-1 Sealant.
Alternatively if you have a plywood surface on your deck, you
may wish to consider one of the liquid rubber type products
which are generally applied by spraying, such as
Premium Liquid Rubber.
Then you just click the decking tiles into place over the top and in no time at all you'll have a great looking wood deck on top and a
totally dry area underneath.