You likely spend a lot of time entertaining and relaxing on your deck, so it is important to keep it well-maintained. However, wear and tear over time is inevitable. Decks have a relatively long lifespan, but they will eventually need to be replaced. Since it adds beauty and value to a house, a new deck is a good investment for the future.
What Is the Average Lifespan of a Deck?
A wood deck lasts 10-15 years on average. Composite material decks have a 25-30 year warranty life. Lifespan varies depending on the kinds of environmental conditions, the quality of building materials, and the type of upkeep.
Often, decks can be repaired if the problems are minor wear issues. If you are uncertain about the safety of your deck, have a professional deck builder assess the condition of the structure.
Should I Repair or Replace My Deck?
While many issues can be effectively repaired, there are a few major problems that may indicate it’s time to replace your deck. Here are a few to consider.
Wood rot happens on all decks over time. In some cases, boards can be removed and replaced to repair small areas of damage. When the rot is substantial, and the entire deck or its support structures are affected, it’s time for replacement.
Extensive Surface Problems
Warped, cracked, or split boards are the first things you notice on a worn deck. If the issues are isolated to a few boards, repairing those spots makes the deck safe for use. Older decks with extensive damage over the surface are usually too far gone to repair.
Unstable or Loose Railings
Railings are an essential safety feature of any deck. Loose rails are easily fixed, but an unstable railing could indicate a larger problem with the deck that requires inspection.
Unsecured Ledger Boards
Ledger boards anchor a deck to your home. When you notice these pulling away, it’s a serious concern. Many decks that are rotted or in severe disrepair have unsecured ledger boards. If this occurs, the best course of action is to build a new deck.
Damaged Posts or Joists
The posts and joists that support your deck are vital to its stability. Once these boards sustain too much rot, damage or wear, it is impossible to secure the structure with spot repairs. Decks with this type of damage are at risk of collapse.
Extensive Mold or Water Damage
You can pressure wash surface mold and staining to maintain your deck’s appearance. However, when the mold has penetrated deep into the boards, the wood is weakened. Water damage will also cause wood to soften and rot. Treating decks helps prevent these problems, but time and deterioration eventually take a toll.
Termites do serious damage if they weaken posts, joists or ledger boards. Visible termite damage is a sign that a deck needs to be inspected and possibly replaced.
Is It Time to Replace Your Deck?
If your deck has extensive damage, don’t take the risk of keeping the old structure. A deck collapse can cause serious injuries. Hire a professional contractor to build a new deck so you can enjoy years of worry-free use.
Breyer Construction specializes in building custom backyard decks that look beautiful and stand the test of time. We use the highest-quality materials and prioritize deck safety. Contact us to discuss your deck replacement project today.