We are embarking on the process of pulling up all the top boards of the deck...about 1600 sq. ft of wicked angles, levels and curves. Back story: We bought this house in 2003. The pool/deck is now about 23 years old. The house had several owners after the original builder and I think we are now its longest residents since the original people. The deck was not well cared for and has needed redone for almost the entire time we've lived here. Finances just haven't allowed it. Now it is becoming a safety issue as some boards are sagging and splitting. We are confident the frame is in good shape...we hope.
We are painting the vertical elements an updated color similar to its original. The horizontal pieces will remain natural. Here's some before pics. The original builder wanted an inground pool but ground water was coming up and they couldn't keep it pumped out..so I think that explains why there's soooo much expanse of decking. Overall I love the outdoor space I have...and now that my pool is as sparkly as I always wanted it to be...it is just going to be perfect.