The deck is a good addition to have in any home. After all, apart from helping you increase your home’s overall value, it also helps you extend your living space if you’re the type of homeowner who likes to host social gatherings. However, there comes a time when your deck will sustain damage and you’ll have to decide between a repair or replacement.
In this post, deck installation and roof repair pros from Exterior Quality Home Improvement list the four signs your deck will have to be replaced instead of repaired.
- Rotten Posts – The posts are an important part for your deck and as such, it’s vital that they remain in top shape. During the inspection process, be sure to check for signs of rot around the posts. If they are rotting, it’s highly recommended that you stop using the deck and have it replaced immediately as rotten posts can break without warning.
- Erosion Around the Posts – While you’re checking your posts for signs of rot, check the soil around it as well. If the earth around your posts are beginning to show their concrete anchors, your deck may be destabilized and can start wobbling, which can eventually lead to a snapped post. Once this happens, be sure to have a renovation expert replace the deck so you can redesign how the post anchors around them.
- Unstable Railings – Unstable railings can be hazardous for those who use the deck, especially if you have small children living with you. With that in mind, check if these railings are unstable enough to the point that they’re leaning outward. If they are, check the where they attached to the deck; if the wood is warped, you may need to replace the entire deck instead of the railings.
- Gaps Between the Deck and House – Your backyard deck has a ledger board that attaches it to your home and when these boards are damaged, the deck’s weight can cause it to lean away from the house itself. This is a major safety hazard so be sure to have your deck replaced immediately once you realize that there’s a gap between the deck and your home.
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