Giving New Life to an Old Deck

Michael and Jessica's deck

Michael and Jessica’s old deck supports new composite decking that they can enjoy for years to come.

Michael and Jessica Zoghby share a beautiful home with their two sons, Michael and George.
They’ve lived there about four years and love the home’s location, layout and yard filled with lush landscaping, but the deck is an eyesore. It has rotting wood, peeling paint, and raises concerns about safety.

We’re going to install composite decking, composite handrails and some lights to transform this space.

The Projects

Remove Deck Boards and Handrails

Deck with rotting wood

This deck has rotting wood, peeling paint and it will soon be unsafe.

First, we check out the deck’s framing to ensure it’s structurally sound and can support new Trex composite decking.

The deck’s framing is strong, so we can proceed with the project, and Jessica uses a deck wrecker to lift the old boards.
We need to reduce the space between joists, so we add some new ones.

Install Trex RainEscape

Trex RainEscape installation

Michael installs the Trex RainEscape drainage system just beneath his deck.

Michael says he would love to use space under the deck for storing lawn equipment, so we’re using the Trex RainEscape system. It will divert any water that comes between the deck boards, pushing it into a gutter and keeping it away from under the deck.

First, we install downspouts at one end. Then, we take the flexible trough material, bend it into place, where it drains into the downspout, and then add a gutter underneath the downspouts that will pull all the water away from the deck.


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  • Official Comment:

    Thomas Boni Says:
    May 24th, 2019 at 11:25 am

    Glad you enjoyed it, Terry. Please share with friends!

  • Terry Kotyk Says:
    May 19th, 2019 at 9:35 am

    Love your show. This one is so helpful. Thank you so much

  • Official Comment:

    Thomas Boni Says:
    May 24th, 2019 at 2:14 pm

    Hi, Anton!
    Here’s our article on removing decks:
    Check it out for guidance. Also, we love a good Deck Wrecker.
    Find it at the home center. Good luck!

  • Anton Vukas Says:
    May 18th, 2019 at 10:13 pm

    Hello my name is Anton.
    I am considering to replace existing 300 square wood decking with new Red Ceader decking. I need to remove existing pressure treatment scrowed decking. HOW TO REMOVE EXISTINF DECKING 60 % of screws can not be unscrewed.
    Thanks Anton

  • Official Comment:

    Thomas Boni Says:
    May 24th, 2019 at 11:26 am

    Glad this project inspired you, Michelle. Thanks for sharing!

  • Michelle Thomas Says:
    May 18th, 2019 at 11:39 am
    I enjoyed the deck updates today and look amazing.. I could only wish was our deck updated by our pool.. we iwned a precious deck and was hard to maintain and swore if I ever get another deck it would be the composite.. But was pricy and when we got our pool we could not afford composite.. My husband is now need of knee surgery and after watching your show today I feel we may have hope to update our deck with vinyl and composite like you did on your show .. well I guess someday hopefully we will ? was inspiring though and loved to see the Grandkids ?

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Giving New Life to an Old Deck