A deck provides a better quality of life in your backyard. A deck allows you to be outdoors and relax, exercise, meditate, or do any number of things from the comfort of your backyard. But like most things, decks will need to be replaced over time. How do you know exactly when you should replace your deck? Keep reading to find out. 



Rotted Wood

If you have a wooden deck, one of the most obvious signs that it’s time to replace your deck is when you spot rotted wood. Wood rot weakens the structure of the deck, and causes it to deteriorate over time. If your wooden panels have rot or mildew, you can replace the individual pieces, but if the decay has spread throughout your deck, you may need a full replacement. Have an experienced deck builder replace your wooden deck and secure it with a quality wood sealant to prevent future incidents. 


Your Railings Shake 

While railings are not a major component of your deck’s structure, a shaky railing can be a safety hazard. Railings need to be stable enough to support someone if they slip while entering or exiting the deck. Loose railings can be caused by loose screws and bolts or a deteriorating foundation. A deck builder can help you identify the cause of loose railings.


Mold and Mildew 

Some mold is to be expected on your deck because it’s constantly exposed to moisture. But excessive amounts of mold and mildew can cause severe structural damage. Mushroom-like molds or fungal growth are indicative of major mold growth and should be cleared off your deck as soon as possible. If left untreated, mold and mildew will continue to grow and affect the structural integrity of your deck. Replace your deck if you see significant amounts of mold and mildew.


Rusted Fixtures and Fittings

A quick look underneath your deck will tell you if you need to have it replaced. If you see that your deck’s fixtures and fittings are rusted-over, it may be time to have your deck replaced. Over time, these fixtures and fittings will rust, and weaken the deck’s integrity. That’s why it’s important to replace any broken or rusted fittings as you find them.


Cracked or Damaged Deck Boards

Any deck boards that are cracked or damaged should be replaced immediately. Deck boards will fluctuate due to changes in the outdoor temperature, and over time, they will dry and split. Splinters can injure people on the deck with bare hands and feet. If you wait and notice that multiple boards have cracked and splintered, you’re usually better off replacing the entire deck. 


Let North American Deck and Patio Replace Your Deck

The experienced Maryland deck builders at North American Deck and Patio are here to help replace your deck. No matter if you want to replace your deck with wood, composite, or vinyl, we’ll be able to create a design that you’ll love. Contact us today to get started with a FREE estimate. 

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Our 30+ years of experience and accumulated knowledge sets us apart from our competitors. We have designed and worked on a variety of different landscaping projects each customized to fit the needs of the customer. Our expertise allows us to ensure that you get exactly what you want – and we’ll even back it up with a warranty.

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Anne Arundel County Deck and Patio: Annapolis (21401, 21403, 21409), Arnold (21012), Crofton (21114), Crownsville (21032), Gambrills (21054), Glen Burnie (21060, 21061), Hanover (21076), Jessup (20794), Pasadena (21122), Severn (21144), Severna Park (21146).

Baltimore County Deck and Patio: Arbutus (21227), Catonsville (21228, 21250), Cockeysville (21030, 21031, 21065), Dundalk (21222), Edgemere (21219), Essex (21221), Garrison (21055), Lansdowne (21227), Lochearn (21207), Lutherville (21093), Middle River (21220), Milford Mill (21244), Overlea (21236), Owings Mills (21117), Parkville (21234), Park Heights (21215), Pikesville (21208), Randallstown (21133), Reisterstown (21136), Rosedale (21237), Timonium (21093), Towson (21204), White Marsh (21162), Woodlawn (21207), and more.

Calvert County Deck and Patio: Dunkirk (20754), Chesapeake Beach (20732), North Beach (20714), Prince Frederick (20678), Owings (20736), Solomons (20688).

Howard County Deck and Patio: Clarksville (21029), Columbia (21044), Cooksville (21723), Dorsey (21075), Elkridge (21075), Ellicott City (21043), Fulton (20759), Glenelg (21737), Glenwood (21738), Granite (21163), Hanover (21076), Highland (20777), Jessup (20794), Lisbon (21765), Marriottsville (21104), North Laurel (20723), West Friendship (21794), Woodbine (21797), Woodstock (21163), and more.

Montgomery County Deck and Patio: Olney (20832), Damascus (20872), Laytonsville (20882), Silver Spring (20910), Clarksburg (20871), Gaithersburg (20878), Germantown (20876), Bethesda (20816), Chevy Chase (20815), and more.

Prince George's County Deck and Patio: Bowie (20715, 20716, 20720, 20721), Beltsville (20705), Adelphi (20783), College Park (20740,20742), Greenbelt (25689), Hyattsville (20781, 20782, 20783, 20784), Landover (20785), Laurel (20707, 20723), Springdale (20774), Upper Marlboro (20772, 20774), Woodlawn (21207).

St. Marys County Deck and Patio: Leonardtown (20650), Mechanicsville (20659), Lexington Park (20653), Piney Point (20674), Tall Timbers (20690)

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