Just like every other feature of a house, a deck ages over time and eventually needs to be replaced. A deck’s lifespan can be increased dramatically through proper maintenance.
Your deck spends its whole life outside. It must withstand sizzling heat waves, frozen winters, thunder storms, ocean air, termites, fungus, heavy winds, even perhaps earthquakes and tornados depending on where you live.
Over time, a deck can gradually lose its structural integrity. The wood can weaken or begin to rot, nails can come loose, cracks freeze and swell in the winter, metal components can rust or corrode, and even concrete anchors can crack or lose strength.
The best way to maintain a deck is to keep the wood as dry as possible, shovel off snow in the winter and reseal the wood each year. Be sure to give your deck a visual assessment each spring. Look closely at every bracket, test the stairs and handrails and look for any termite or wood rot damage.
If you catch a problem early, a deck expert can come out and make a quick repair. If the substructure of the deck is failing, a full replacement is probably in order.
The full lifespan of a deck depends on its material (metal lasts much longer than wood), the environment (extreme cold and heat wear down a deck), the original workmanship and the deck’s maintenance.
If you have an old deck and want to make sure it is safe before barbeque season begins, give us a call at 619.229.0116. We would be happy to send out an expert to check the safety of your deck and to suggest any repairs that may be necessary.