If you have a deck that’s several years old, you might not realize it’s become unsafe. You may ask, “is my deck in good shape?” or “is my deck repairable or is it time for an upgrade?”
Out of habit, you may step lightly or grab loose handrails gingerly to prevent them from breaking or becoming weaker. However, as the deck grows more fragile, the next step you take could lead to an injury-causing fall.
If you live in Virginia or Maryland, exposure to the elements, including rain and winter weather, may have left your deck floorboards so discolored and weather-beaten that deck cleaners and brighteners no longer make a difference. If that describes your current deck, it’s probably no longer attractive.
Decks typically require repair or replacement after several years. Prince William Home Improvement is the custom deck builder homeowners choose to replace their decks. We can visit your home, evaluate your current deck and discuss options. If you’re not sure if it’s time for a deck replacement, here are six signs you need a new deck.
1. The Deck’s Age
You can expect a wood deck to last 10 to15 years. If you purchased a home with a wood deck over 15 years ago and haven’t replaced it, it may be time. Age is a sure sign that you should replace a deck.
Another problem with older decks is that building codes change. The deck on your home may have been a do-it-yourself project. Untreated deck posts may have been placed directly into the ground without the proper footing, making them more susceptible to termites and decay.
If you live in a home and are unsure how old the deck is, you can determine the deck’s integrity by getting it inspected. A professional from PWHI can evaluate your deck and let you know whether it’s time to replace your deck.