Deck Renovation Ideas to Modernize Your Space

January 19, 2021
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Choosing TimberTech® decking for your deck renovation project means you lock in an enduringly beautiful outdoor living space engineered to last a lifetime. But where to start? Here are some deck renovation ideas broken up in terms of relative difficulty:

  • Straightforward – Relatively straightforward and best suited as a DIY candidate.
  • 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.

Even an easier deck project can have its challenges, so we always recommend partnering with a TimberTech-registered contractor.

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.

Always take care to closely follow all steps in your chosen decking line’s installation guide and refer to the tips and best practices outlined in our Deck Building Resource Center.

Replace Your Old Wood Deck With TimberTech Decking

Deck Renovation Ideas with TimberTech

Still stuck with a traditional wood deck? Improve your home’s value and curb appeal with a deck renovation using TimberTech composite decking.

Benefits of TimberTech Decking vs. Wood

Enjoy several benefits of TimberTech decking vs traditional wood:

  • Little maintenance – No more sanding, sealing, and staining. With a TimberTech deck, just clean the deck.
  • Lasting beauty – With our proprietary capping and advanced color-blending technology, you enjoy the nature-inspired beauty of wood without the fading or staining.
  • Premium durability – Advanced capping technology protects our deck boards from harsh weather elements, making our decking an ideal all-weather decking.

Easiest Way to Replace Your Wood Deck With TimberTech Decking

To replace your wood deck, you’ll need to choose your TimberTech deck boards, which fasteners to use, and what railing to go with.

For the easiest decking installation, our deck experts recommend:
Capped polymer deck boards from the TimberTech AZEK Vintage Collection in Coastline

Capped Polymer Deck Boards

TimberTech® AZEK® deck boards are 30% lighter than competitive products and do not require pre-drilling prior to fastener installation.

TimberTech deck boards and TOPLoc color-matched top-down fastener

Top-Down Fasteners

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 aluminum railing

Panelized Railing System

Impression Rail Express® is an easy-to-install railing system with pre-drilled holes in the rails for simple baluster fitting.  

Find a complete guide for installing TimberTech AZEK decking with TOPLoc fasteners and many other helpful guides in our Deck Building Resource Center.

Replace or Add a Railing

Replacing or adding a railing to your deck doesn’t have to be as complicated as it sounds. TimberTech railing offers you easier-to-install options that don’t sacrifice aesthetics.

Why Your Railing Matters

A railing is one of the most — if not the most — important safety features of your deck. Traditional wood railings can deteriorate over time from moisture damage and weathering agents, becoming more and more unstable.

Deck renovation featuring composite railing & TimberTech composite decking

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 maintain its safety standards 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.

TimberTech Impression Rail Express in Black

Impression Rail Express

Impression Rail Express is an aluminum railing that offers a sleek, modern look with narrow lines that allow for clear sightlines.

Classic Composite Series Radiance Rail from TimberTech

RadianceRail Express

The RadianceRail Express Smart Set 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 in your area to ensure your project gets done right.

Extend Your Deck

Extending your outdoor living space can better accommodate a growing family. Keep in mind that this project gets more difficult the greater the expansion, or the more complex your deck’s shape is.

Deck renovation extend your deck featuring TimberTech AZEK Harvest Collection Slate Gray

How TimberTech Railing Delivers

The simplest way to extend your deck’s square footage is to add a new level, or a 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.

Add Stairs to Your Deck

Deck stairs design including labeled distance between balusters, bottom rail, stair tread

If you have a balcony-style deck, add a flight of stairs.* Stairs give you easier access to your backyard and can be a stylish addition to your deck if you embrace angled, spiral, or curved options.


  1. Guard height is 36” unless the top rail is also serving as a handrail; then it can be from 34-38” above the leading edge of the stair tread.
    1. TimberTech composite rails do not meet the requirements as a handrail so the guard needs to be 36” high from the leading edge of the stair tread and a separate handrail provided.
  2. Tread width 10” with a nosing of ¾” to 1 ¼”. For treads 11” and greater no nosing is required.
  3. Landings must be min of 36” in direction of travel. Width is dependent upon the handrail requirement as detailed in point 1

Before Building Stairs

Before you jump into building your deck stairs, it’s important to consider:

  • Residential building code requirements, which can vary by state.
  • Product application requirements for different TimberTech decking lines (check 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 great if you partner with a TimberTech-registered contractor due to their complex nature.

Add Lighting to Your Deck

Deck Renovation ideas outdoor lighting

Deck lights add ambiance to your deck while also improving deck safety by increasing visibility of your deck’s stairs and perimeter.

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.

Due to the complexity of the electrical work, it is strongly recommended you work with a TimberTech-registered contractor.

In-Deck Lighting

In-deck lights are placed within the deck’s surface and stairs for an elegant glow wherever you need it.

Deck renovation with in-deck lights

In-Deck Lighting

Light up your deck surface with a soft white light that guides your every step.

Deck renovation featuring TimberTech riser lights

Riser Lights

Riser lights add an ambient glow to stairs while also increasing safety by improving visibility.

Railing Lights

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.

Outdoor lighting featuring TImberTech Accent Light

Accent Lights

Place accent lights in posts, at transition points, or along stairs to illuminate your perimeter.

TimberTech Post Cap Light on RadianceRail Express black composite railing

Post Cap Lights

Post cap lights add elegant ambiance to your outdoor living space.

TimberTech white composite railing with under-rail light

Under-Rail Light

Hidden bulbs placed under the top rail give your deck’s frame a gentle glow.

Now that you have some inspiring ideas for your deck renovation project, you’re ready to partner with a TimberTech-registered contractor who can use their product insight to ensure your project is done right.

Bring the Beauty of TimberTech to Your Backyard

Work with one of our registered contractors for a build that transforms your outdoor living space.

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