Planning a deck renovation project can be an exciting experience, but you may be wondering where to start. Before you begin, you’ll want to choose a project that matches your family’s needs and your capabilities. Here are some deck renovation ideas in terms of relative difficulty:
- Straightforward – Relatively straightforward, with potential to DIY some of the build.
- Intermediate – Requires a bit more know-how and may require advice from a contractor.
- Complex – Strongly recommended for a contractor due to the complex nature of the project.
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Straightforward Deck Renovation Ideas
These deck renovation ideas are comparatively straightforward — they don’t include more complex elements like patterned inlays or a picture frame. NOTE: Since a well-built and enduringly beautiful deck will take time and care to construct, these projects will still take thoughtful planning and execution.
1.) Get a True Decking Upgrade With TimberTech
Choosing TimberTech® decking for your deck renovation project means you’ll get an enduringly beautiful outdoor living space engineered to last longer than wood. TimberTech deck boards are easy to maintain and highly durable, meaning you can enjoy your deck without worrying about when it will need maintenance.
Benefits to Replacing a Wood Deck With TimberTech
✓ What wood wishes it could be – Gives you all the beauty of natural wood — including realistic grain patterns — with none of the drawbacks.
✓ Premium durability – Uses better tech for optimum performance, with none of traditional lumber’s propensity for cracking, mold, and rot.
✓ Little maintenance – No more sanding, sealing, and staining for protection. With a TimberTech deck, just clean the deck periodically.
✓ Long-term value – Can improve your home’s value and lets you enjoy your deck while saving money in the long-term.
Easiest Deck Installation for TimberTech
To replace your wood deck, you’ll need to choose your TimberTech deck boards, which fasteners to use, and which railing to go with.
For the easiest decking installation, our deck experts recommend:
Capped Polymer Deck Boards
TimberTech® AZEK® deck boards are up to 30% lighter than competitive products and do not require pre-drilling prior to fastener installation.
Top-down fasteners such as TOPLoc® only require the use of basic tools such as a drill, making it a clear-cut installation process.
Panelized Railing System
Impression Rail Express® is an easy-to-install railing system with pre-drilled holes in the rails for simple baluster fitting.
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2.) Replace or Add a Railing
A railing is one of the most — if not the most — important safety features on your deck. Traditional wood railings can deteriorate over time from moisture damage and weathering agents, becoming more and more unstable. By replacing or adding a railing to your deck, you can ensure your family’s safety while also adding a refined touch to your outdoor space.
Replacing or adding a railing to your deck doesn’t have to be a complicated process. TimberTech railing offers you easier-to-install options that won’t sacrifice aesthetics.
How TimberTech Railing Delivers
✓ TimberTech® Railing — made from composite material or metal — is a long-lasting option that is both low-maintenance and high-style.
✓ With a 25-Year Product Warranty for all our railing options, you can be sure your TimberTech railing will look gorgeous and for years to come.
Simple Installation With an Optimized Railing System
TimberTech offers panelized and pre-routed railing systems to make proper installation an easier process than many traditional railing systems.
Impression Rail Express®
Impression Rail Express® is an aluminum railing that offers a sleek, modern look with narrow lines that allow for clear sightlines.
The RadianceRail Express® is a composite railing with an elegantly sculpted top rail that adds a sense of sophistication to your deck.
Intermediate Deck Renovation Ideas
Intermediate deck renovation ideas require a bit more know-how about deck construction. If you’re unsure how to proceed, it might be a good idea to work with a TimberTech-registered contractor to ensure your project is done right.
3.) Extend Your Deck
Extending your outdoor living space can better accommodate a growing family. Keep in mind that this project will become more difficult the more complex your deck’s shape is, if you’re planning a large expansion, or if you’re planning to extend your deck over concrete.
The Easiest Way to Expand Your Deck
The simplest way to extend your deck’s square footage is to add a new platform.
Benefits to a platform:
✓ Doesn’t have to be separated by more than one or two stairs and is often a simpler construction project.
✓ Creates trend-forward dimension in your outdoor living space.
4.) Add Stairs
If you have a balcony-style deck, add a flight of stairs. Stairs give you a seamless transition to your backyard and can be a stylish addition to your deck if you embrace angled, spiral, or curved options.
Before Building Stairs
Before you jump into building deck stairs, it’s important to consider:
✓ Residential building code requirements, which can vary by state.
✓ Product application requirements for different TimberTech decking lines (browse our installation guides).
✓ Your deck’s shape and height, which will influence where you put the stairs, how many steps you need, and whether or not you’ll need a railing (required with four risers or more).
Complex Deck Renovation Ideas
These ideas are a great way to upgrade the overall look and feel of your deck, but we strongly recommend you work with a TimberTech-registered contractor due to the complexity of the work.
There are many ways you can design your outdoor area with the help of a contractor to make the most of your space. You can install new deck boards for a richer tone, or you can change the shape of your deck and stairs for a seamless flow to your yard. Explore this backyard makeover by Casey, who runs the DIY Playbook blog. She transformed her backyard space with TimberTech and the help of landscape services leader, Yardzen.
X Faded, traditional wood deck.
X Boxed-off, dominating deck area.
X Closed off, crowded staircase.
X Weathered, traditional wood railing.
✓ Purposeful deck area that flows into the space.
✓ Wide, open staircase for easier use.
The most realistic wood look: TimberTech decking has all the beauty of wood – without the drawbacks (like performance or fading issues). Here, the lush hues of Pecan combine with robust color blending and realistic grain patterns for a hyper-realistic wood look.
Pick an inviting, modern feel: When you want a chic aesthetic, our contemporary rail with steel infills will add a striking touch to your deck. Plus, it’s long-lasting durability means you can enjoy this high-end design with minimal maintenance.
Enjoy a smooth transition to your yard: Your stairs will garner a lot of foot traffic from your family and friends. Having wide steps with an open entry way will make moving from your deck to your yard seamless process.
5.) Add Deck Lighting
Deck lights add ambiance to your deck while also improving deck safety by increasing visibility of your deck’s stairs and perimeter.
NOTE: Some deck lights need to be installed at the time your deck is being built, while others can be added to an existing deck. Follow the Lighting Installation Guide.
In-Deck Lighting Ideas
In-deck lights are placed within your deck’s surface and stairs for an elegant glow that will illuminate edges for added safety.
Light up your deck surface with a soft white light that guides your every step.
Riser lights add an ambient glow to stairs while also increasing safety by improving visibility.
Railing Light Ideas
Rail lighting, including post cap lights, accent lights, and under-rail lighting, illuminates your perimeter. Keep in mind that different rail lighting options are compatible with certain railing systems.
Place accent lights in posts, at transition points, or along stairs to illuminate your perimeter.
Post Cap Light
Post cap lights add elegant ambiance to your outdoor living space.
Hidden bulbs placed under the top rail give your deck’s frame a gentle glow.
Deck Renovation Cost
Traditional wood has historically been a staple in the decking industry for decades, but it’s not the only choice when you’re looking to do a deck renovation. Newer engineered decking options are worth consideration for their low-maintenance and high-performance attributes. The best part? Composite decking will help you save more in the long-term on deck maintenance and deck renovation compared to wood decks.
Enjoy Long-Term Savings With TimberTech Decking
Enjoy greater long-term savings after you factor in wood deck costs for maintenance, restoration, and repair.
Renovate Your Deck with TimberTech
The best deck renovation ideas bring together your family’s needs and a sophisticated design. Whether you want to extend your deck, put in new deck boards, or add ambient lighting, a TimberTech registered contractor will help you find the right design for your outdoor space. Connect with a contractor today to bring your deck renovation ideas to life.