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A beautiful deck in New Jersey is the best place to grill, relax, and enjoy your outdoor lifestyle. But if your deck is aging, splintery, and not meeting your expectations, it may be time to have it rebuilt and replaced. What are the signs your deck needs to be replaced?
1. The Deck Is Visibly Sagging in Multiple Areas
If your deck is sagging in one or more areas, this likely means the substructure or vertical support beams are damaged, rotten, or otherwise compromised, and the structure is unsafe. It may fail without warning, so you should stay off of your deck until you’ve had it replaced.
2. Your Decking Is Split, Warped, Or Cracked
If most of your deck boards are warped, split, or cracked, it’s time for a new deck. It may be possible to salvage the substructure, but if the decking boards are compromised, they need to be replaced.
3. You Can See Signs of Wood Rot Throughout Your Deck
Rot in a couple of boards is not a huge problem, but if you notice rotting wood throughout the deck, you may need to replace it completely. Look for damp, discolored patches of wood that are soft to the touch. Rotted wood may also “give” and move slightly when you walk on it. If you notice these issues, contact a pro right away.
4. Nails and Screws Are Popping Out and Won’t Stay In
If the nails and screws securing your decking to the substructure keep popping up – and won’t stay in the boards when they’re reattached – there may be underlying issues with the decking or the overall wood quality. This is usually a sign that the wood needs to be replaced.
5. You’re Seeing Signs of a Termite Infestation
Termites are, unfortunately, a common issue in New Jersey. If you notice termites in your deck, you need to have it torn down and replaced right away – they may spread to your home or may already have done so. Signs of termites in wood include:
- Small holes in the wood
- Wood that sounds hollow when tapped
- Sunken or rippled wood
- Termites swarming around deck lights
We also recommend that you get in touch with an exterminator to check for possible damage to your home, as untreated termite infestations can cause extensive damage to your property in New Jersey.
Need A New Deck? Contact Gateway Home Services
At Gateway Home Services, we’re experts in exterior handyman services in New Jersey and St. Louis, including deck repair, refinishing, and replacement. If your deck has seen better days and you think it needs to be replaced, contact us to schedule an appointment with one of our home repair professionals.