Is It Time to Replace Your Deck?
The winter months are speeding by, and it’s time to start thinking about spring and summer home renovations. In the warmer months, we often spend a lot of time outdoors on our decks. They’re a great place to gather family and friends for a barbecue or casual get together. As we start thinking about the new season, it’s important to consider the age and safety of your deck. If your deck is old and showing signs of disrepair, it may be time for a replacement. Here’s how you can tell if you need a new deck:
1. Ledger boards aren’t secure. Ledger boards hold up your deck boards and attach the deck structure to your house. If these aren’t securely attached, they could get loose and your deck could potentially fall off your house. This is not only dangerous to your home, but also to the safety of your family.
2. The deck boards move when you walk. Do your deck boards wiggle under your feet? Over time, boards can come loose from the ledger board and start twisting, causing instability. This can cause tripping and other injuries. If you’re experiencing unstable deck boards, it’s time to have them replaced.
3. Your railings aren’t secure. If your deck’s railings shake when you walk and aren’t stable to the touch, this is a big indicator they need to be replaced. Insecure railings are a big safety hazard, especially if there are children in the household.
4. Your deck is showing signs of rot. If your deck has wood rot, it’s time for it to be replaced. Look for signs like sagging deck boards, a soft, spongy feel to the wood, and termite damage to determine if your deck has started to rot. Wood rot cannot be reversed, and the entire deck will need to be replaced.
5. The posts under your deck are starting to rot. If you have an older deck, it’s possible the deck boards are sitting on rotten posts. Nowadays, decks are built using concrete footings with a special spacer between the concrete and the wood posts to allow them to dry out when wet. In the past, posts were placed directly on the footings. This causes water to more easily penetrate the wood, resulting in rot. Rotted posts can result in the collapse of your deck.
If you are considering replacing your deck, give us a call. Our experienced team is ready to tackle your project!