Hello, and welcome back to our blog here at Colorado Deck Drain Experts. This is part two of our blog series about whether you should repair or replace your deck. Last time, we took a look at some helpful tips for inspecting your deck, as well as diagnosing specific issues that could warrant a repair or replacement. This time, we’ll talk a bit more about how you’ll know when you need to repair something or replace it. Ultimately, you should plan on speaking with a deck specialist to determine the best course of action for your situation.
Repair or replace?
Now it’s time for the big question, “should I repair my deck or replace it?” For many homeowners, this is like a life or death decision. Replacing a whole deck that could have been fixed with simple repairs is like throwing thousands of dollars in the trash. And as a homeowner, you’ve probably already spent enough time and money on your home.
One way to think of it is like the HVAC system in your home. Once the cost of repairs starts to outweigh the cost of replacing your furnace or AC unit, it’s time to replace. Although a single rotten post may not seem like a big deal, it’s no simple task to have it replaced. Some older decks have the supporting posts buried in the ground rather than on footers. This could add another potential issue for your deck’s lifespan if they start to rot underground. If this happens you may want to seriously consider replacing your entire deck.
On the other hand, if the damage is in the beams, you may have a more serious problem on your hands. Since beams hold up joists which are the main supporting structure for your deck boards, you’ll have to remove a number of components to have them replaced. In addition to that, you’ll need to call a decking expert to have this done which will add to your costs per hour for labor.
There are a number of situations that could justify replacing your entire deck. However, make sure you speak with your local decking expert before making any final decisions and save as much money as possible.
Materials for replacing
If you’ve decided to replace your decking, make sure you choose a material that will hold up to the elements better than pressure treated lumber. For example, since your deck boards are exposed to UV rays and water so much, you could replace them with a composite decking material that is more resistant. But that’s not the only benefit to composite decking.
Engineered fasteners can be used to ensure the composite decking material has proper ventilation and won’t allow moisture inside the board.
Fully capped boards are far more water-resistant than pressure treated lumber and even other types of composite decking. They seal out water and anything else that may harm the decking material. These boards are also better for walking on since they won’t splinter or be uncomfortable on your feet.
No matter which decking material you choose, you’ll need to make sure you maintain it and don’t leave anything to chance. Although most decking material is built to last, you should do your research and understand exactly how you should be taking care of your deck.
Contact Colorado Deck Drain Experts
One way you can prevent damage to your deck while keeping the area under your elevated deck dry is to install a deck drainage system on you deck. Colorado Deck Drain Experts is your Top Rated Local® deck installation company all across the Front Range. With well over 2,000 installations under our belt, we are able to provide each and every customer with high-quality service for an affordable price. With over 18 years of experience in Colorado, we have the knowledge and skills to complete your project in a timely manner and to your complete satisfaction. We offer both the Dry-B-Lo Concealed Deck Drain System and the Dry-B-Lo Contemporary Deck Drain System. If you have any questions about these products or the deck drainage installation process, contact a deck drain specialist at Colorado Deck Drain Experts.