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5 signs you need a new deck

If you’re like us, you probably spent a lot of time on your deck this summer! With all that time spent in the summer sun, you’ve probably been noticing the look and sturdiness of your deck. Many decks can last for decades before you need to repair them, or in some cases replace them entirely. Here are 5 surefire signs that you need to replace your deck.

Your deck has an unsteady railing
Loose railings are easy enough to fix, but they represent a significant safety concern that cannot be ignored — especially if your deck is elevated off of the ground. Simply fortifying wobbly railings or hammering in new nails is not a suitable long-term solution. Sturdy, healthy decks will have railings and handrails that feel as strong as steel — if you feel any wobbliness, it’s time to contact a decking company right away.

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Your deck has widespread discoloration
While a stained deck will likely be safe and functional, it can be a major eyesore. Classic deck materials such as traditional wood or uncapped composite are susceptible to fading from UV exposure and can become damaged over time by moisture from rain and snow. If your once beautiful deck has turned grey and faded, it’s time for an upgrade.

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Your deck is showing signs of rot
Sadly, even pressure-treated lumber can succumb to rot when it’s regularly exposed to harsh weather like rain, snow and high heat. If only one or two posts are rotting away, you could probably get away with replacing them and continue using your deck. But chances are if you can see the rot in one or more posts or floorboards, other parts of your deck are likely in similar shape.

Your deck feels unstable
Signs of an unstable deck are serious. Unsecured footings, loose joints, and worn-down materials mean trouble, and even newer well-built decks can fall victim to settling and shifting that may compromise your deck’s structural integrity.

Your deck is old
On average, a deck will last 10-25 years when made with high-quality materials and proper, regular maintenance. Since most decks are made from wood, even with chemical sealants and coatings, your deck material will degrade over time. If you’re planning on selling your home, an old deck can be seen by potential buyers as more of a liability than an asset. A simple deck facelift is an investment that can increase your home’s worth.

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