10 Deck Renovation Hacks: A Cheat Sheet for Homeowners

With the real estate market still at record highs in the Lower Mainland, many homeowners are opting to renovate rather than sell. In fact, in BC a deck renovation was the #2 most common project for homeowners in 2016. If you’re considering joining the deck do-over trend in 2017, these are some hacks you need to know.

1) Timing Saves Money

Having a deck built or renovated outside of the peak summer season can save you thousands. While it may not be possible to pull off in winter months, updating a deck in spring and fall is a great way to make your dollars stretch. Because there is less business at this time, contractors often relax their rates and you are able to get the same awesome deck for a fraction of the cost!

2) Cover Up

Incorporate a patio cover or pergola into your plan and make your new deck usable in all types of weather. What good is your new deck if you only use it a few weeks a year?!

3) DIY or Buy

Any home improvement project has the potential to include some fun DIY. Colourful décor and twinkly lights are great ways to add a personal, crafty touch. With building codes and engineer’s considerations, it’s usually best to leave the structural building to a pro who has insurance and offers a warranty – it will be money well spent.

4) Light it Up

Lighting can transform a deck. Recessed lighting, uplighting, string lighting, and solar lighting – Pick your style and set the mood.

5) Bump the Beats

With all the decisions to make when planning a deck renovation, most people forget to consider something simple that can really make a summer get-together – Music. Built-in outdoor speakers won’t be drowned-out by chatting and giggles and they won’t get lost or ruined by the weather. You won’t regret it.

6) Privacy, Please

A privacy wall or screen is a great way to make a space that is near a busy street or a little too close to neighbors feel like your own, private retreat. Replace railings on one side of the deck for a smart solution.

7) Plan for a Contingency of 15-25%

A  recent Canadian survey showed that folks typically underestimate the cost of a renovations by up to 50%. Even the most seasoned contractors can’t always identify all possible complications before starting a project. Prepare for the unexpected and avoid this common mistake.

8) Know Your Options of Materials

Hardwood, treated wood, composite, vinyl, aluminum – there are a lot of different options for the type of deck you may want. If you’re doing a renovation, consider what your needs are; maybe your existing material isn’t what makes the most sense. For a young family, a wooden deck that splinters and needs to be refinished annually makes a lot less sense than a low maintenance splinter free vinyl deck, for example.

9) Maximize Your Space

With a bit of design, you can incorporate seating and dry, secure storage to most decks – double your functional space with just a little thought!

10) The Golden Referral

Find your deck contractor through a non-bias and informed 3rd  party. Take a trip down to your local hardware store and ask about contractors that build decks – who pays their bill on time, buys quality products, and employs happy people?

If you’re looking for some help with your deck renovation, get a free quote from Citywide Sundecks. Just fill out the form below or call (604) 786-3325.


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  • “Paul and his team are wonderful to work with. Our high expectations and unusual detailed challenges were met with enthusiasm. Another job well done.”

    – Drew, Billingsley Construction

  • “My wife and I were very happy with Citywide’s work on our sundeck. Their crew was very professional, courteous and efficient, and completed the work exactly as they said they would. When I pointed out a minor error in their work on our house siding, they immediately acknowledged the issue and corrected it with no argument. We would definitely recommend Citywide to our family, friends and anyone else that needs their decks re-surfaced. Thanks Paul / Citywide!”

    Doug and Audrey – Burnaby

  • “Citywide is a professional company to work with regarding our deck project.  Very reliable, timely results and good customer service. We are very satisfied with the outcome.”

    Karl G – Vancouver

  • “I would recommend Citywide for roofing repairs and Vinyl decks. I appreciated the personalized service and efficient workers. Thanks Paul.”

    Tony W. – Vancouver

  • My experience with Paul and his Citywide Sundeck crew has been nothing but positive. They are on time and completely professional and able to offer solutions to complicated waterproofing challenges.

    Joe C. – Vancouver

  • I’m a general contractor in the lower mainland. I contacted Paul to help us re-vinyl a deck that used to be fiberglass. GREAT customer service, the job was professionally done by 2 of his crew members. When I called 4 other companies to look at the job, no one came or called back. Paul was attentive to our needs & was able to squeeze us in with a 2-3 day lead time.   Thank you so much for your consistent attention to detail, professionalism, & continuous strive for quality.

    Steve – New Westminster

  • Hard working and respectful crew. Deck turned out great. I would recommend Citywide to others who are considering building or replacing their deck.

    Vito – North Vancouver

  • Two years ago we hired Citywide to renovate our sundeck and back porch. We were very happy with the results and we are enjoying them every day. Last month we had them renovate our front stairs and walkway. The result exceeded our expectation. Now our front entrance looks good enough to welcome a queen! I like Paul’s workers they are friendly and able. Also, Paul is one of the most organized and punctual people I have ever known. We have had a lot of problems with tradesmen in the past. It’s nice to know Paul for a change.

    Sadako – Burnaby

  • I had Citywide Sundecks replace the 28 year old Duradeck sheeting with the similar material on my sundeck. The job was completed in one and a half days to my complete satisfaction. The deck looks like new with all the joints and seams glued and heat treated to ensure maximum waterproofing. Stainless steel screws were used throughout in reinstalling the original aluminum railings and stairs to ensure longevity and improved appearances. When the job was completed the installers cleaned up the work site. I was impressed and pleased with this Citywide crew. They were professional.

    Stephen – Richmond

  • We had our hot tub and sundeck replaced this summer. Citywide Sundecks did a wonderful job of the vinyl deck. The installation was complicated by the fact that the hot tub was sunk into the deck and the glass railings had to be removed and replaced. The job was done in a timely manner with great efficiency. We truly appreciated the skill of the workmanship, the attention to detail and the concern for aesthetics.

    McBride – Coquitlam

  • Paul and his team did excellent work with attention to detail. The work was done quickly and we are very happy with the result.

    Lora – North Vancouver

  • Great service and a fair price for the work. Delivered on all their promises and even did a nice job cleaning up. I would definitely recommend them.

    R. B. – Vancouver

  • Amazing service. Friendly, prompt, really good product. The installers are wonderful and skilled, friendly. I really would recommend this company. I like the range of products they offer and they took time to explain all my options.

    A. R. – Vancouver

  • We were very surprised when we were told that they were able to start working on the project within a week of us signing our contract. We were kept updated of progress and appreciated being contacted by Paul to see how they were doing and if we had any questions. The work was completed quickly and efficiently. The fellows who did the work were friendly and cleaned up after they had finished for the day. We were very happy and have referred them to our friends.

    Courtland C. – Delta

  • Paul and his crew were hired to rebuild a terrible deck that was built last year. Citywide Sundecks isn’t the cheapest, but they did the job right and on time, and it comes with a 10 year warranty. We should have gone with hie the first time around.

    Job P. – Surrey

  • Paul and his crew did a great job of taking care of us. We had to replace a deck and deal with some water issues above and below the deck, all which was behind the stucco. This work has been completed and we are very happy. Paul and the crew kept me informed throughout. They were very easy to deal with and answered all my questions as the work progressed. All this was done at what I thought was a fair price.

    Andy Stephens. – Surrey

  • Very happy with our Duradek job.  It was installed exactly as discussed and Paul made sure that we were completely satisfied.

    Rene B. – Vancouver

  • We are very pleased with the restoration project completed by Citywide Sundecks and Railings during the summer of 2015. The beautiful new sundeck was rebuilt in a very professional manner and the installed aluminum railings were a real upgrade on our original wooden ones. We are so glad that we contracted CWS as they were terrific to deal with and they provided quality work from start to finish.

    Bruce & Loreen S. – Richmond

  • I live in Prince George and contacted Paul at Citywide Sundecks to enquire about installing Duradek at my 85-year-old mother’s house in New Westminster. Paul kept us informed every step of the way. His crew was professional and hard working. They completed the job as agreed and ahead of schedule, even throwing in a few extras for my mum at no cost! My mother was very pleased with the outcome and happy to be enjoying her new deck.

    Leanne M. – Prince George

  • We were in a rush to get our sundeck stairs repaired. Paul was very accommodating and had the stairs replaced very quickly. The quality of work was excellent! I would highly recommend Citywide Sundecks.

    Linda & Rob M. – Delta

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