Your Backyard Deck: Repair or Replace?

The secret to a long-lasting deck is good–even meticulous–maintenance. If you’ve purchased a home with an existing deck, it’s important to perform a thorough inspection to determine the condition that it’s in. It may need repairs or even partial replacement. Of course, even if you had the deck built but had to forgo many Saturdays and its plans for deck maintenance because you were inundated with kids’ soccer games or other, more pressing home improvements, your deck may not be in the condition you might wish it. If you’re wondering whether to scrap your deck and invest in a new one, here are some thoughts to consider.

The Short Answer

If your deck has become unsafe for whatever reason, you might want to replace it. If deck repairs start inching toward the cost of installing a new one, you should definitely consider replacing it altogether. While scrapping an old deck and installing a new one poses considerable expense, just consider that this feature can enhance home value, so its construction can be viewed as an investment. In addition, now is your chance to customize the deck to suit your lifestyle. If you always wished that your deck had customer flower boxes attached–boom! Now you can design it. If you want your deck to include multiple levels with sections for grilling, eating, and lounging, you can easily include them in your new deck plan.

Inspection Time

Of course, the long answer begins with a deck inspection. You must assess the condition of your current deck to determine if and how it is unsafe. Knowing the precise condition of this feature will help you decide if repairing it is worth your while. After all, if you are comfortable with its size and design, it can make fiscal sense to make smaller repairs and perform routine maintenance than to tear it down and build a new one. Either way, we can help you evaluate your current deck’s condition, make necessary repairs, or complete a new deck installation.

Deal Breakers

When we, or you, inspect a deck, it’s important to look for signs of wear and tear as well as those larger signs that spell gloom and doom for any wood structure. Moisture can get trapped in certain areas of the deck and ultimately lead to decay and rot. The base of the deck can suffer rot simply because it comes into contact with ground water. You’ll also want to carefully examine the deck’s beams and joints where water can penetrate and cause rot. Keep in mind that UV rays can also take their toll on the wood. Damage to the deck’s substructure can undermine its safety. We can help you spot any signs of trouble as well as make the repairs.

Even with routine sealing and staining, a wood structure is going to require partial replacement over time. Sometimes, it’s simply more cost-effective to knock down a structure that requires considerable repair and to start afresh by building a new feature. Whatever you decide, we’re here to help.

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