I believe our contractor was hoping to have the deck completed by now, but once they started working on “refreshing” the framing after pulling off all of those warped Redwood boards they found quite a mess. That seems to be a common theme with this remodel! Older houses are always full of surprises and unexpected challenges.
So, last week was spent reinforcing the deck and doing whatever it is that contractors do to make it square and level. Many of the joists were “floating” and not even attached to the side of the house. And, extra joists were added to support the Trexx decking which requires support every 12 inches I’m told. We are super excited about the Trexx! We could’ve gone with Redwood again, but as we have experienced firsthand, that is not always a great choice. Especially for busy families. Previous owners had installed the deck and it was obvious when we purchased the house a few years ago that the deck had not been maintained. I get it. You have to reseal a Redwood deck fairly often and with a busy family life that sort of thing can be put on the back burner and easily forgotten. And, out here with our extreme high desert temps (colder winters and boiling hot and dry summers), wood just doesn’t fare well. In the end, I think the Trexx will be the better choice despite the extra initial cost. If you consider the cost of building and maintaining a wooden deck versus a Trexx, I think its a wash and really about an even cost in the long run. Our Sprouts, of course, don’t really care about all of that. They’re just excited that they will be able to walk barefoot on the new deck and not get splinters!