Determining If Your Deck Needs Replacing

Posted on July 13, 2018

San Antonio Deck Replacement

Decks have been a common addition to homes for years. There are many benefits to adding one to your home. Decks are also one of the parts of a house that receive the harshest treatment. In San Antonio, they have to withstand the scorching sun, the driving rain, and the howling wind. Although they are built to survive even the worst weather, sometimes decks need to be repaired. However, there are some instances when the deck cannot be repaired, and needs to be replaced. There are some actions you can take, as a homeowner, to determine whether or not your deck needs to be replaced. Accidents involving a deck collapse are fairly common. To prevent this, regular inspections of your deck should take place. 

Water Damage

One of the most common ways a deck can get damaged is by water. Some key areas to check are those that are closest to any downspouts you may have and those structural supports that are closest to the ground. With the torrential downpours that San Antonio experiences in the summers, it would be wise to make sure your deck isn't suffering from any rot. To check and see if any rotted wood is present, you should take an awl or screwdriver and press into the wood around the key areas. If the wood is soft, it could potentially be rotted. Any soft wood needs to either be cut out and filled in with a wood preservative, or, if the area of rot is too big, the whole piece should be replaced. 

If enough deck supports seem rotted, it may be more cost efficient to just build a new deck, instead of replacing individual structural supports.

Connections

Another very important part of the deck that should be checked is the deck's connections. Both the ledger (how the deck is connected to the house) and the joists and beams of the deck should be checked. Most deck accidents that occur involve a failure of the ledger. There should be no holes or rust in the connections between the house and the deck. Also, this connection should be done with screws, not nails. If your deck was built more than 15 years ago, before the deck-building codes were changed, the ledger may have been secured with nails. If this is the case, a professional should be called, sooner rather than later, to repair or replace your deck. This can be a dangerous situation, and, as the repair is difficult, it should be left in the hands of a professional.

The connections of the joists and beams should also be checked. If there is any rust or rot present, sections should be replaced. 

Surface Areas

Finally, the areas that people actually use should be checked. The floorboards should be inspected to see if there are any loose or cracked boards. Boards that are worn aren't a huge hazard to your deck's safety, but the situation will only get worse. Replacing any loose or cracked board is the only way to remedy the problem. You may want to consider replacing your deck with a composite deck, instead of wood. 

Handrails should also be checked for loose posts or rails. Loose or rotted posts should be replaced, and the rails should be checked for security.

Professional Help

As deck security is very important to the safety of you and your family, repairing or replacing your deck should be left to the professionals. We will be happy to assist in any way, whether you decide to completely redo your deck, or to just repair what you already have.

Don't hesitate to contact us by filling out our easy online form, or by calling us at (210) 496-3325. We look forward to hearing from you!

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