Your deck withstands a great deal of wear and tear associated with excessive weather exposure throughout the year. Over time, this can cause the supports and boards of your deck to deteriorate, which can significantly negatively alter the appearance of your deck while also creating safety issues. Understanding the various issues that can manifest themselves over time with your deck can help you identify them early, and either have your deck repaired or replaced before they can become more serious.

When to Repair Your Deck

Minor Damage and Warping: If individual deck boards have experienced water damage, or have begun to splinter or otherwise fall apart, you can repair your deck by simply replacing those individual boards.

Discoloration and Rot: If small sections of your deck are discolored, you will need to sand them down and reapply a protective stain: this discoloration points to age and wear, and is the earliest warning sign for warping, wood rot, or other types of environmental damage. Small spots of rot, on the other hand, can be addressed by replacing the individual boards that they have appeared on before the rot manages to spread throughout your deck.

When to Replace Your Deck

There are a few signs that point to the fact that your deck will need to be ripped up and replaced instead of simply having individual components repaired to ensure its structural integrity.

Loose Supports: If the main posts that support the structure of your deck are loose and are moving – which will usually cause the entire deck to sway or shift – or if there is any sign of significant physical damage to the supports that suggests that they are at risk of breaking or snapping, rebuilding your deck is the way to go.

Shifting Surfaces: While a small amount of warping due to water exposure is normal in wooden decks, any sort of significant shifts that leave the entire deck no longer leveled points to excessive water damage throughout your entire deck, or to structural issues with the underlying frame and supports, both of which will require a complete replacement.

Rotting: Finally, if wood rot has set into your deck, and has progressed beyond a small group of boards, you will likely need to replace your deck. Rot points to aging wood, and if it is widespread enough, it means that boards that otherwise look healthy are likely to sprout rotting sections very soon. For more information, contact companies like greenvilledeckandwindow.