As time goes by, a deck will eventually deteriorate no matter how waterproofed or well protected it’s been for the past years. Over time, there will be something that will wear it out. In fact, if your home still has the standard wooden deck, it’s likely that you’ll have to have it replaced eventually. Unfortunately, the signs that your deck needs to be replaced can sometimes be difficult to spot.
In this post, Carolina Custom Exteriors, the pros in installing sunrooms and decks, discuss the four signs it’s time to build a brand new deck for your home.
- Ledger Board – The ledger board is the component of the deck that attaches it to the rest of your home. If you notice that the ledger board is starting to pull away from your home, then it’s a sign that you have to replace your deck. Otherwise, heavy weight can cause your deck to collapse.
- Posts – Another part of the deck that you should inspect are the posts. Water can gather at the base of these posts so they should be checked every now and then. If you dig out dirt and find rot and water damage, you’ll have to replace the posts. While it’s possible to replace one or two posts without tearing off the entire deck, you’ll have to replace the entire structure if you see the rot in every post.
- Joists – Joists are another part of the deck that helps hold it up and is vital in making sure the entire structure is stable. According to deck building experts, if they show signs of rot, you’ll have to replace the entire deck since they’re hard to replace without doing so.
- Age – As your deck ages, it will show signs of deterioration and a deck older than six years will need professional inspection. If the inspector finds any major problems on the structure of your deck, it’s likely that you’ll have to replace the whole thing.
For assistance in building decks or sunrooms for your home, look no further than Carolina Custom Exteriors. We are your number one provider of siding and deck installation services. Give us a call at (828) 202-9988 or fill out our contact form to get a free quote. We serve homeowners in Asheville, Henderson and other nearby areas in NC.