Your deck is likely the perfect space for entertaining and enjoying the great outdoors. However, it’s also important to recognize when a deck is at the end of its lifecycle. Decks can often be repaired and patched up, but as with anything, there comes a time when it needs an entire replacement. If you fear your deck in Columbia, MD, may be beyond saving, read on to find out everything you need to know about deck replacement.
Typically, a deck sits on posts set on concrete or anchored deep within the ground around your home. If they’re anchored in the ground, it becomes possible for water to slowly erode the earth away from the post, making the deck less stable. If you notice a wobble in your deck, this may be the cause, and it may demand complete deck replacement.
Deck installers use ledger boards to keep the deck affixed to the home. If those boards are damaged, that may cause the entire structure to begin to lean away from the house, causing a severe hazard. That gap could end up hurting someone, and there’s even potential for the entire deck to collapse.
Once your railings become unstable, it may be a sign that there is underlying structural damage. If the railings lean outward or they wobble at the touch, not only is it a serious safety issue, it also may mean there are larger problems. It could be that the wood where the railings attach are warped or have turned soft from rot, which may mean you need a deck replacement instead of just a railing replacement.
If your deck’s surface damage is localized, you can likely replace a few boards to fix the problem. That said, if the majority of the deck’s surface is damaged, you have an issue that can often come in the form of mold, wood rot, or other kinds of water damage. The indicators that it’s time for a deck replacement would include excessive mold growth, cracks or splintering, and crumbling wood.
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