Giving New Life to an Old Deck

Jessica installs composite decking

Jessica drills deck screws into the composite decking’s fasteners. These fasteners ensure the deck has uniform gaps between boards.

Install New Composite Decking

We’ve cut an additional stringer for the stairs so the composite decking is well supported.

Then we cover the old wood joists with tape flashing. Shielding the wood joists helps protect them from the elements and extends their life.

Composite decking is DIY-friendly because it includes fasteners that screw into the joists and create uniform gaps. And that look will last, since composite decking doesn’t expand and contract.

Next, we install skirt boards while Michael and Jessica install the deck boards on their own.

The process goes faster than you might think.

“I imagined it would take days to put down a deck, and it took a couple of hours,” Jessica says.

Install New Handrails

Deck posts, after shot

These vinyl covers easily fit over the old wood posts, and the new white rails contrast nicely with the black balusters.

To add new handrails, first, we need to place all the balusters. Then, we make sure they stay that way by squeezing the two rails together with a ratchet strap.

Next, we install the mounting brackets on the ends of the rails. Those brackets will secure the rails to the posts.

The posts are in good shape, but they’re weathered and look unattractive. We can instantly make a difference by encapsulating them with vinyl covers that even include a baseboard. As a bonus, LED lights are built into every column cap.

We also:
• Clean and reinstall existing lattice
• Pressure wash bricks and stepping stones
• Install riser lights on the stairs
• Add plants and planters

Post-Production Thoughts

Danny, with homeowners Michael and Jessica Zoghby and their children.

“Today’s Homeowner” host Danny Lipford, with homeowners Jessica and Michael Zoghby, and their children.

Michael and Jessica’s deck was a great size in a great location, with a great view, but the years hadn’t been kind to it.

The peeling paint and rotting wood made it unattractive and unsafe.

But now, the deck that was an eyesore has become a showplace.
This new composite decking will not only offer years of worry-free use, it looks fabulous while it’s doing it.
The color of the surface complements the house beautifully, while the white rails and black balusters create just enough contrast to make sure that the neighbors notice.

The lighting we added blends in so well you won’t even know it’s there until the sun goes down, and the RainEscape system allows Michael plenty of covered storage under the deck and out of sight.

At about $7,500 for materials, this is a little pricier than many of our projects, but it’s hard to argue with the results.

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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