When it comes to outdoor living, maintenance is of the utmost importance. This is especially true for decks. More often than not, decks are made of wood which means they're consistently under the mercy of the elements. Living in Kansas City, caring for your deck must be handled with much more scrutiny because of our unpredictable weather patterns. Here, it could quite literally be hot as summer one day and snowing the next. You just never know. Because of this, it can be difficult to determine if your deck needs to be completely replaced or if it could stand for just a few repairs. Here's how to determine which option is best:
How does the surface look?
If your deck wasn't properly sealed (if it was sealed at all), then you might find that the wood is starting to break down. The two places you'll really want to pay attention to are the rails and the posts. If wood is corroding in these areas, they'll need to be replaced. If your rails and posts are in good condition, but they're just loose they may be able to be repaired instead.
How do the boards look?
The last thing you need is the liability of someone hurting themselves or falling through your deck because of old, rotted boards. If the boards aren't secure, it's time to get them replaced.
How is the ledger board holding up?
The ledger board is the part of your deck that connects it to the house. When this starts to go out, replacement is necessary. If you notice this area of your deck is loose, it's a good idea to stay off of it completely and call a professional right away.
How old is your deck?
Typically, decks can last anywhere from 15 to 40 years depending on the maintenance. Once it hits that 20 year mark, it's time to put in extra care and start preparing for replacement.