Inspecting essential aspects of your deck can help you evaluate whether it is safe or if a decking contractor is required for repairs or essentially an entirely new deck. Here are some indicators that you should replace or, in some instances, repair your deck.
Your Decking Materials Are In Bad Shape
The physical condition of your deck will vary based on the material used in its construction. Fading occurs in composite and vinyl decking, whereas insect damage and warping occur in wood decks near the end of their life cycle. Knowing your decking material and its typical surface issues will help you decide if a short repair or a more extensive replacement project is the best option.
Make Sure Your Posts Have Moved
If you dig out any dirt or discover rot or water damage at the base of your deck posts, you must replace them. You could repair one or two posts without tearing down the entire deck. However, if the problem remains in every post, start with a new deck. Check that your deck posts are securely fastened to concrete footings and that they have not migrated or shifted off the surface of the footings.
Your Railings Are Not Secure
Keep an eye out for rot and water damage. A shaky railing that needs repair can be dangerous, especially when people are leaning and sitting on it. If your bars are loose, you should avoid using your deck.
Your Deck Is Old
If you follow all of the previous measures and find no damage, but your deck is six years or older, schedule a professional inspection from the Eastern Shore Porch & Patio team. An older deck is far more vulnerable to elemental surface damage from foot activity or the environment.
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