Over time, wind, weather, and heavy use can take a toll on your home’s custom deck, causing problems ranging from simple scuffs to deteriorating structural supports. If this is the case for your deck, you might be wondering whether repairs would be sufficient or if you need to have the entire structure rebuilt. Here is a little more information about making the decision between repairing and replacing your deck.
When to Repair
Homeowners should regularly inspect their custom decks for signs of damage such as warped boards, wobbly railings, or worn protective finish. If your deck seems unstable or structural beams are showing visible deterioration, you should have a deck professional come out to inspect the structure. In some instances, wood-boring insects such as termites and carpenter ants can cause extensive damage that isn’t immediately visible with the naked eye. If one of these factors is present and still only minor, a simple repair could add a few years to its use.
When to Replace
Deck replacement is typically a better option anytime the repairs needed are extensive enough to approach the cost of replacing the entire structure. Additionally, custom decks more than 10 years old may be past their usable life span, so age should be taken into consideration when deciding whether to repair or replace your deck. If your deck is due for a full replacement, talk with contractors about the best materials to use for the job.
If you have a custom deck that’s seen better days, you can always turn to the professionals at Decks Unlimited for advice and support. For over 16 years, this team of decking professionals has been helping their clients across Dale County, AL, with exterior renovations that make their homes more functional and aesthetically pleasing while adding value to their property. For a complimentary quote, send them a note online or give their team a call at (334) 232-1020 to discuss your project.