Should I repair or replace my deck?
If you’re noticing problems with your deck like warped or soft wood or loose railings, you might be wondering whether you’ll need deck repair or whether it’s time to replace your deck. One question to ask: How safe is my deck? You may want to consider replacing your deck if you have a lot of repairs to be made, especially when those repairs add up to several safety hazards that could harm you or your guests. A few cracked or warped boards or ones that have begun to rot, might just require you to replace or repair those boards, and not the whole deck.
On the other hand, if most of the boards are beginning to rot, especially near the house, replacing the deck is the safest option. Loose or wobbly railings, in particular, are very dangerous. Your deck railings should hold up to 200 pounds of concentrated weight. If they are unable to do so, your deck’s whole structure could be in peril and your guests at risk of injury. If your deck is more than 10 years old and in need of extensive repairs, it’s safer and often less costly to go ahead and replace it. The best way to determine if it’s time to replace the deck is to have professionals skilled with deck construction and repairs in Wilkes-Barre, Dallas, and Scranton, PA come to inspect it. You can find those professionals at Independent Construction. Book a service appointment by calling (570) 266-8208.
What is the life expectancy of a wood deck?
Typically, on average, a wood deck will last 10 to 15 years, as long as it is well maintained. Many decks now are made of composite materials that combine wood with synthetic fibers that are capped with vinyl shields. These types of decks can last 25 to 30 years and are less susceptible to issues like rot and mold growth.
How do you repair a damaged deck?
Deck repair options can vary depending on the type of deck you have and the type of damage it has sustained. Older wood decks tend to require more repairs than composite decks. Regular maintenance and making minor repairs will extend your deck’s lifespan.
Deck repair and maintenance tips
- Regularly check the deck for loose boards and railings as well as popped nails. Remove the popped nails and replace them with coated screws. Make repairs to loose railings or have a professional repair them.
- Wash the deck regularly with detergent and water to clean dirt that’s built up and rinse it thoroughly.
- Stains from tree sap can be removed using mineral spirits.
- Use a solution of bleach and water to clean mildew off the deck. Allow it to dry after flushing. If mildew recurs, you might have too much shade and may need to trim back bushes and trees.
- Stain the deck to preserve the wood’s life and make cleaning easier.
- Varnishes, shellacs, or other clear finishes should be avoided as they often peel.
How do you fix rotten wood without replacing it?
When you see rotten wood on your deck, your first thought about deck repair might be that you’ll have to replace the wood. While this might be necessary in some instances, you can also repair the rotted wood using a polyester filler. You’ll start by cutting away the rotted portion of the wood before coating the space with a wood hardener. You can then use a putty knife to press the filler into the space. After that, you shape the filler with a putty knife before adding a new layer of filler. Finally, you smooth the filler with a plane or rasp, sand it, prime it and paint it.
Is it better to stain or water seal a deck?
Either staining or water sealing will help to preserve the deck. Stains are good for getting the deck the color you want it. You can also purchase a combination stain/sealer that has pigment added for color. Sealers add protection against weather and water damage, while stains will provide greater protection from the sun.
Repair deck that is peeling
If you have a painted deck, over time you may see the paint start to peel. This happens because the paint didn’t have a sufficient bond. It could be that the paint was of poor quality, to begin with, or the deck wasn’t cleaned beforehand so it didn’t adhere correctly. Moisture will also cause the paint to peel, so make sure to keep your deck dry.
When repainting the deck, remove the old paint with a stiff brush or scraping tool, and then smooth the area by sanding it. Cleaning and drying the area is always essential when it comes to painting a surface. You can roll or brush on the paint and add a second coat, if necessary, once the first coat is dry.
Deck repair in my area
Whether you have rotting wood, loose railings or some other problems, when you need deck repair in Wilkes-Barre, Dallas, and Scranton, PA look to the professionals at Independent Construction. We always provide exceptional service no matter what we do for you. Find out how we can help by calling (570) 266-8208.