If you have noticed signs of wear, rot, or other problem with your wood deck, it might be time to replace it. However, some issues only need repairs instead of completely building a new one, which can save you time and money. Here are some signs that it needs to be replaced instead of repaired.
There Are Structural Issues
While this might not be something you notice when you look at your deck every day, it is something you should look for. Stand at different angles to look at the overall structure of the deck. Does it seem to be leaning to one side when you stand on the grass? It is sagging in certain areas? If either of these things are happening, you have some structural damage. This could be from wear of the wood due to rot. It is best to have a decking contractor look at the structure first and determine if it can be repaired or should be replaced altogether.
The Wood Is Splitting, Cracking or Warping
Even if you seal the wood of your deck and continue maintaining it, wear from weather and natural events can still occur. No wood deck is impenetrable, though sealing definitely helps it to withstand many types of weather conditions. When you notice cracking or splitting of the wood, it is often a sign of wear. Since this is likely occurring with more than just one small area, it requires replacing the entire deck's structure. Another sign of needing to replace it is when you have warped wood, as this is usually from water damage.
You Have a Termite Infestation
If you find signs of termites in your wood deck, you might be better off replacing it instead of repairing it. Termites can burrow into the wood and start rotting it from the inside out. You may be walking on the deck one day and notice a plank is loose or fall through the deck's surface due to extreme wear you didn't know was there. More subtle signs of termites include holes in the wood or tunnels in the grain of the wood.
The Deck Is Older
Even if you don't yet see severe structural problems or signs of wear on the wood, a deck that starts aging is prone to these issues. It is safer to have it replaced before you notice rotting or wear of the wood, which could cause someone to fall through the deck into the surface beneath it. If you have had the deck for a while and aren't sure how much longer you have with it in its current condition, contact a decking contractor. They will let you know if now is a good time to replace it.
For more information, contact a local decking company.