Replacing an entire deck can be a costly and time-consuming project. Not only will you need to spend money on the necessary materials needed to build a new deck, but you will also need to dedicate an ample amount of time to safely dismantle and remove your old deck and replace it with a new one.
That said, not all decks need to be replaced entirely right away. Some decks can still be repaired in order to function well. It’s like your home’s roofing – why get a roof replacement if all you needed to do was to get roofers to repair some spots?
Some decks, however, really do need to be replaced entirely. Here are some ways to know if your old deck needs to be replaced entirely, or simply repaired.
Check for Structural Integrity
Some decks have poor structural integrity. Get a pen and some paper and draw your deck, being careful to list the spans and the sizes of the joists and beams used on the deck. Then, take the drawing to your chosen contractor and ask if the framing sizes and spans are enough.
If the inspector says that your deck has poor structural integrity, you might need to completely replace it.
Check the Wood Condition
Carefully inspect your deck to look for signs of rot. Decks made of wood can be susceptible to rot if the wood used on them are not treated. Rot causes wood to soften, which in turn can pose a safety hazard. Check your posts and other framing materials if they are made of wood and if they have signs of rot.
If you find signs of rot on the deck’s posts, particularly near the area where the post comes in contact with the footing or ground, consider building a new deck from scratch with some help from a trustworthy deck and roofing contractor.
If your deck has poor structural integrity or if it already has rotted in some areas, it will be best to replace it entirely. The project might be costly, but it can assure you of a durable, sturdy deck that’s going to last for a long time.
If you’re looking for help with deck and roofing installation, contact our pros at Masters Roofing, the most trusted contractor. You may call us at (844) 400-4774 or fill out our contact form for a free estimate. We serve clients in Memphis, TN.