Decks tend to be the gathering place for many homes so it is important to make sure they are maintained regularly. Otherwise, small damages can spread quickly. Sometimes it’s too late for repair work and all it does is buy time until you ultimately have to replace the entire deck. To save yourself money and to maximize the function of your deck, it’s important to regularly check for damages.

Here are some patterns to notice when determining whether a deck needs repair work or complete replacement:

Repair: localized damages

Repair work is usually the solution for a deck when the damages are in small areas and have yet to spread. Since it’s only a matter of time before the damages take over, it’s essential to attack the issues right away. Here are a few instances where repair work would come into play:

  • Wet spots of rotting from water drainage. One cause of this is having a flowerpot with an overflow of water on the deck in one place for too long.
  • Early termite damage. It’s extremely important to catch this early on before it spreads because otherwise it will lead to a deck replacement.

Replacement: structural damage

Decks are most commonly in need of replacement due to rotting and termites. Here are some different effects you can notice when your deck is at the end of its life span:

  • Sagging
  • Weak or loose railing posts
  • Loose nails and screws
  • Rotting around the edges of the deck
  • The deck has a spongy texture
  • Soft spots that move in when weight’s put on them

When any of these damages are introduced to decks, it’s only a matter of time before the entire deck is taken over. This is why it’s important to stay on top of replacing rotting boards or areas where termites have gotten.

Bring in a professional to inspect your deck and discuss the most cost-effective options with them. Sometimes the problem is the deck’s structure and only a professional can really locate the needed changes.

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