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Decks  /  July 19, 2019

Your Old Deck: Should You Replace It or Spruce It Up?

Decks are a good home addition since they allow you to extend your entertainment space, which can be handy if you plan to have numerous guests. As time passes, your deck’s condition can start to deteriorate and will need to be fixed. Unfortunately, there are also some instances when a deck can’t be salvaged and you may have to replace it instead.

In this post, Handyman Connection® of West Omaha explains if your deck can still be salvaged or if you need to replace it.

Deck Surface Damage

While localized damage to your deck’s surface can be remedied by replacing some of the boards, damage on most of the deck surface will require that the deck be replaced. The usual type of surface damage includes wood rot, mold growth, or excessive cracks and splintering, which are all hazardous.

Gaps Between Deck and House

The ledger boards keep the deck attached to your home. When they’re damaged, the combination of gravity and the weight of the deck can cause the entire structure to lean from the building. This is another safety hazard as someone can trip on the gap. Structurally speaking, this gap can cause the structure to collapse or even encourage water intrusion into the framework.

Erosion

The posts that your deck sits upon are set into concrete deep underground. However, water movement can eventually wear away the earth surrounding the posts and may destabilize your deck, which can make it wobble. With that in mind, a complete replacement is required to redesign how the posts anchor into the ground.

Structural Damage

Structural damage, manifested by things such as rotten posts, is a sign that you should stop using the deck and have it replaced immediately. The posts can break without warning, making the deck a safety hazard to anyone using it at the time.

How Do You Breathe Life Into an Old Deck?

On the other hand, if your deck is still structurally sound with only minor damage, it can still be salvaged. The first step in doing so is to make a few repairs; remove some of the damaged boards and replace them with new ones, tighten the fasteners to attach the deck to your home, and consider replacing nails with screws. Cleaning the surface with a mixture of soap and water or chemicals is also another effective way of sprucing up an old deck.

For additional protection, applying a semi-transparent stain should be your next step. This is the best choice for older decks as the stain will be absorbed by the wood and won’t form a film on the surface, giving you the extra protection from the sun that your deck needs.

Turn to Handyman Connection of West Omaha for your home improvement needs. We are your leading provider of deck repair and carpentry services. Give us a call at (402) 230-5656 or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate.

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