Deck and Patio Blog
Should I Repair or Replace my Deck?
October 13, 2017
Has your deck seen better days? Perhaps it has seen its fair share of harsh weather, intense sunlight, and wear and tear. Does such damage always indicate that you need a replacement? While full deck replacements tends cost a bit more, it’s always possible the issues can be fixed with a simple repair. The difference is knowing when to go all in, and when to make tiny tweaks. Here are a few tips to help get you started on making such a decision.
Check for Wood Rot
Rotting wood is perhaps the number one cause of deck collapse. It can often go unnoticed, especially if it isn’t immediately visible when you’re using the deck on a regular basis. However, it’s an issue that can lead to serious complications and safety issues.
Take a look underneath your deck and look for any wood that is cracking, decaying, or molding. Rotting wood has a very distinct earthy smell. If you happen to find wood rot, don’t pick away at it–you could encourage deck collapse. If there is significant wood rot throughout the structure of your deck, it’s time to call a Maryland decking company to have it replaced..
How Old is it?
The age of your deck matters when you’re discussing whether to repair or replace. While your deck may appear to be in perfect condition, age is an important factor. Striving for a brand new and sturdy built deck should be an inevitable future ideal.
This could be your time to invest in an entirely new deck, starting with a clean slate! If your deck has been around for a few decades, it’s probably time for an upgrade. And with all the improvements in decking materials made since your old deck was built, the new one could be that much better!
Check the Posts
Wood rot isn’t always the only culprit for deck collapse. Water can gather at the base of a post, making the soil soft and pliable. This will lead to the post sinking and eventually collapsing. Matters can be made worse if wood rot is added into the mix, and with both acting together, you’ve got a serious safety issue on your hands.
One post is probably not worth more than a quick Maryland deck repair. Even the occasional rotting board or support isn’t cause for desperate concern, as these can be easy fixes. However, if you’re noticing that every deck post is sinking and rotting? It’s time for a replacement.
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