Replacing an existing deck is a tough decision to make. There are some cases where deck boards are salvageable, and other times, deck replacement is necessary. However, as a homeowner, it’s hard to know. In this blog, we’re going to provide you with a guide on replacing an existing deck versus merely redecking in your Howard County home. Keep reading.
How Do I Know When Replacing an Existing Deck is A Valid Option?
To take away the guesswork, you can call us. We’ll evaluate your deck and tell you if redecking is a sound choice. We’ll also let you know if redecking is safe or deck replacement is the better option. Here are some tell-tale signs that the whole structure needs replacement:
- Posts aren’t pressure-treated
- Posts are made of softwood versus hardwood
- Insects and pests have caused severe damage
- Railings posts are no longer durable
- Nails and screws are loose/won’t stay stable
- The deck is rotting
- The structure of your goes against local safety codes
Does Redecking Inhibit Design Flexibility?
No, it doesn’t. It’s a myth that redecking doesn’t give a homeowner design flexibility. If you’ve recently upgraded your home, we can redeck in a way that complements your home’s new exterior or landscape. We can also replace decking and railing with low-maintenance materials. Hardwood, PVC, and composite decking are long-lasting choices that are favorites among homeowners.
Other enhancements include deck lighting, decorative post caps, and changing the style of your stairs, railings, and posts in a way that displays your unique design style.
How Can I Preserve My Deck As Long as Possible?
It truly depends on the material and maintenance. Always do your research. In the case of a wooden deck, one essential thing to lookup includes the UV fading rating. You can also research how well particular materials perform when there’s inclement weather or moisture in the air.
Most importantly, maintenance matters. We have blogs that detail how to clean specific outdoor living spaces as well as other tips on how to take care of decks and fences. The more you know, the better. One way to keep your Howard County home looking beautiful is to make sure that you don’t neglect to invest in redecking or deck replacement.