Do I Need to Replace my Deck?
With summer coming to an end here in Maryland you probably aren’t thinking a lot about the state of your deck, but maybe you should be. The seasons can be hard on your deck, snow, rain, ice, fallen debris during a storm. All of these things can take a toll on your deck and leave it less than safe for you and your family. Let’s look at some tell tale signs of damage that is beyond repair so you can easily spot any major issues on your deck.
The easiest place to look for damage first is the deck boards themselves. Do you have loose decking boards that move when you walk on the deck? Do you have a significant amount of rot on the decking? While loose boards may just be a sign that your deck needs some TLC, a significant amount of loose decking or rotted decking can be a sign that it is time to replace the deck entirely. If you find just a few damaged boards consider pulling them up and replacing them with new decking materials, but if you find a significant amount of compromised boards, there is a good chance the problem goes deeper than the surface of your deck.
Posts, Railings and Stairs
The posts that support your deck are obviously of great importance when inspecting the deck for excessive damage. Rotten posts can be extremely dangerous as they may fail under the weight of the deck. In addition to rotten posts being a major safety hazard, damaged or rotten railings and stairs can become a safety hazard, breaking under the weight of everyday use.
Ledger Board and Ledger Flashing
Another part of your deck that needs to be carefully inspected are the ledger boards. These are the posts that hold your deck to your home. Rotten or bad ledger boards can lead to your deck falling off of your home entirely. Likewise improperly installed or compromised ledger flashing can let water into the space between your home and your deck, possibly damaging both the ledger boards and your home.
And finally, if your deck is very old, there is a chance it is not up to building regulations, which have changed over the years. While this may not cause an immediate hazard, it will cause problems when you go to sell the house.
If you notice any of these signs of damage to your deck, and you worry it may be beyond repair, give us at Outdoor Specialties, LTD a call today! Our team of professionals can come assess your deck and let you know if a repair is in order, or a full replacement! Should your deck need repair or replacement we can work closely with you to source the best decking materials for the fix.