If you have recently purchased a home that has an older deck built onto the back of it, you may be wondering if it needs to be replaced. Even through a deck may seem a bit worn in some areas, it does not necessarily mean that it needs to be torn down and replaced. Use the guide that follows to learn how to determine if your deck needs to be replaced entirely or if it can simply be repaired.
Look for Warped Boards
The first thing you need to do is look closely at the boards of the deck. You need to look to see if they look like they have humps in them or if they appear to be pulling away from the frame beneath them. If you see any boards that appear to be warped, do not worry. There are many times when the boards can simply be pulled up, flipped over, and reattached to the framing of the deck for a quick and easy repair. The boards warp because they are exposed to the elements for too long without being properly sealed.
Look for Splintered Boards
Look at the boards closely to see if the tops of the boards are splintering badly. Typically, the splintering occurs when the wood is dry and it starts to break apart. There are restorative liquid formulas that can be applied to the boards to fix the splintering and create a protective layer over the boards to keep them from splintering more in the future.
Check the Stability of the Support Beams
Next, go to down to the bottom of the deck where the support beams are located. Go to one corner of the deck and pull back and forth on the post. If the post wobbles a lot, the deck pulls away from the home with ease, or the top of the deck seems to pull apart slightly, it may be time to have the deck replaced because replacing just one or two posts may not be enough to make it stable. A deck builder can examine the stability of the beams to determine if it can be made stable or if it needs to be rebuilt.
Hire a deck builder, such as those at Robert G Miller Inc., to do the repairs or to rebuild your deck for you. The builders will know all of the codes for the county where you live and the right way to build a deck so that it is as safe as it can be.