Deck Ideas: Should I Repair or Replace My Deck?

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Warmer weather has finally arrived! Ready to finally do a little entertaining outdoors? Before you do, ask yourself when was the last time you had a thorough deck inspection? May is deck safety month so before you throw that party, find out what’s involved in a safety deck check!
 
What are the top signs of an unsafe deck? 
Rotting wood (especially where the deck connects to the house or around the base of the support posts). Rot at the house connection can remain hidden for years. If you suspect rot here, it would be wise to call a trusted deck professional or structural engineer. Loose or weak railings can also present a significant safety hazard. A deck railing should be able to withstand a 200 pound concentrated load. 
 
What are the signs of a needed deck repair? 
Loose or wobbly railings, warped boards that have become soft overtime and have started to rot.
 
When should you think about replacing your deck? 
The decision to replace your deck can either be a lifestyle or safety hazard decision. For safety, if you find that your deck requires extensive repair, it may be best to rebuild completely. Typically, decks that are more than 10 years old and in need of significant repair, should probably be replaced. 
 
How often should decks be inspected? 
Our association, North American Deck & Railing Association (NADRA) recommends checking your deck once a year. NADRA has an excellent consumer online guide on what to look for. www.nadra.org/NADRA_DSM_Checklist.pdf
 
What can I expect with deck repair? 
Replacing boards that have either been split or warped overtime and tightening bolts on a handrail that have become loose. These minor repairs should usually be performed by a trusted handyman.
 
What can I expect with deck replacement? 
When a deck is beyond repair, we recommend receiving quotes from two or three licensed deck contractors. Replacing a deck does require a permit, as there are myriad options available for both design and materials.
 
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