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Four Indications That You Need A New Deck

As the season changes and spring knocks on the door, it’s time to head outdoors and enjoy the sun’s warmth. If you’re one of those people who love spending time outside, then having a comfortable and safe outdoor living space is essential. Your deck is an integral part of your outdoor space, and it’s crucial to ensure that it’s in good condition so that you can enjoy it to the fullest. In this regard, it’s imperative to know the signs indicating that your deck needs repairs or a replacement. In this blog, we’ll discuss four signs you should know. So, let’s dive in and find out more.

Outright Damage

If you own a deck, it’s essential to watch for visible damage that could compromise the structure’s safety. Some common signs of damage to look out for include cracking, splitting, or warping of the boards. Additionally, missing or hole-ridden boards can pose a severe safety hazard. Promptly addressing these issues can help prevent potential harm to anyone using the deck. It’s always better to err on the side of caution and have the deck assessed for safety if you notice any visible damage.

Sagging Fences

It’s essential to remember that deck boards are not the only components that can be damaged on your deck. Even if the boards look fine, the support structure below them may have sustained damage, which could lead to sagging or bowing of the deck. This poses a severe safety risk that should not be overlooked and must be addressed immediately.

Rot Or Insect Damage

If you have a deck that hasn’t been adequately taken care of, it can quickly become a breeding ground for rot. If left unchecked, this can cause significant damage to your deck, potentially leading to safety hazards. If you notice any signs of rot, removing and replacing that section as soon as possible is best. Additionally, having a decking professional assess the rest of the structure for safety is a good idea, as rot can often spread beyond what’s immediately visible. Insect damage from termites or carpenter bees can also cause similar problems and weaken your deck’s structure. Even if the insect issue is resolved, the damage they’ve already done makes it easier for water and rot to spread. If you notice any signs of insect damage, it’s best to have a professional assess the structure to see if you need a new deck installation.

Fasteners That Pop

It’s crucial to inspect the fasteners of your deck regularly. The appearance of nails popping up or screws not staying in place can indicate significant damage. If these fasteners are not adequately holding the deck together, it’s best to contact a professional contractor and have them assess the situation. They can provide an estimate for repairing or replacing the deck to ensure it remains safe and secure.

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When you embark on your next project for your property, trust Eastern Shore Porch and Patio to help. We service Bethany Beach, Ocean City, Lewes, Salisbury, and the Delmarva area. You can request a quote today! If you have questions or concerns, call us at 302-436-9520 or send us an email at For updates and ideas, follow us on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, and Youtube.

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