5 Ways to Know it’s Time for a New Deck
Your outdoor deck is an important part of your home, bringing together the outdoor and indoor spaces. Even if your deck is soundly built, it still experiences a wide range of wear and tear from the elements. How can you know if it’s time for a new deck, or if it just needs relatively minor repair?
Inspecting key areas of your deck will help determine whether it is safe or if you need to contact an Atlanta deck construction professional. With that in mind, we’ve compiled a short list of 5 areas of the deck for critical assessment.
- Material— Your deck’s condition and signs of wear will show differently depending on the material used for construction. Composite and vinyl decks experience fading, while real wood decks near the end of use show insect damage and warping. Knowing your deck material and common surface damages associated with it help you to determine if a quick repair or bigger replacement project is the best course of action.
- Posts— You’ll need to replace your deck posts if you dig out any dirt, or find rot or water damage at the base. You can replace one or two posts without tearing down the whole deck, but if the problem persists in every post, it might be time to start over with a new deck. Make sure deck posts are secured into concrete footings and that these posts have not moved or shifted off the surface of the footings. This is true for any deck, but especially if the deck is an elevated structure. Posts should be 6″ x 6″ to support weight.
- Joists— Joists hold the deck floor level and stiff. They must be correctly sized and spaced for load, which your professional remodeler can calculate. This is not a DIY project! The old fashioned approach of notched joists is no longer considered reliable or sound and has been replaced with the use of galvanized metal joist hangers.
- Railing— Look for rot or extensive water damage. An unsteady railing in need of repair can be very dangerous, as people often lean on, sit on, and group around railings. If the only decay you see is in your railings, you won’t have to replace the entire deck. You can easily repair deck railings without having to tear the rest of the deck apart.
- Age— If you complete the first four steps and see no damage, but your deck is six years old or older, schedule a professional inspection. An older deck is more prone to elemental surface damage. Set up an annual deck inspection to ensure your safety.
Depend on an Atlanta Deck Construction Professional
Deck damage or wear may be isolated and repairable, while other deterioration may require a complete overhaul. The easiest way to know whether or not it’s time for a new deck is with regular inspection. It is important to see issues early so that you can prevent potential danger for yourself, your family, and your guests.
If you’re considering replacing, updating, or building a new deck for your North Atlanta home, contact Quality Craftsmen today to inquire about a deck renovation, or call (404) 483-07446 today!
With 25 years of residential deck construction experience, we will skillfully transform your deck into a safe, beautiful area for your family to enjoy.