Replacing deck handrails and deck boards
Deck repairs come in all shapes and sizes, but most of them can be categorized into seven different levels:
- Adding Features
- Replacing Handrails
- Replacing Handrail & Deck Boards.
- Reinforce and/or Replacing Components of Substructures.
- Complete Rebuild
- Complete Rebuild and Design Changes
In my last blog post, I went into detail about the first two levels of deck repair: Cleaning, and Adding Features. In this post, we make our way down the list to the next two levels: Replacing Handrails and Replacing Handrails and Deck Boards.
All decks degrade over time. In some cases, certain areas break down faster than others. Often, handrails will wear out faster than other components of a deck for several reasons:
- People lean up against them
- The style of most handrails makes them susceptible to dry rot and termites
- Handrails are made to move and flex, which allows bolts to loosen and compresses the wood.
If a deck handrail becomes loose, it can present a safety hazard to yourself, your family and any guest that use your deck.
You certainly don’t want that! If you notice that your handrail is coming loose or just looking drab, it’s time to replace the handrail. Call Best Rate Repair, or your local wood repair company, and they can present you with different railing options. You may find that the sheer amount of handrail styles and materials available is overwhelming. I’ll be writing a blog post in the near future about handrail systems.
Replacing handrails can be a nice upgrade to a deck. It’s a relatively quick project, and once it’s done, the new handrail will make your deck more visually appealing and safe for you and your family to use.
Replacing Handrail & Deck Boards:
If your deck’s handrails are going, often the deck boards aren’t far behind. The same types of things that wear out a handrail – time, usage, and the elements – also affect the deck boards. You may need to replace your deck boards if:
- The boards are loose
- They bend when you walk on them
- They look warped or feel brittle
- The wood is wet and mushy
- You notice mold or termite damage
Any of these indicators means that your deck boards are not safe and need to be assessed by a wood repair specialist right away.
Just because your deck boards and handrails are in bad shape doesn’t mean you necessarily need to tear down and completely replace your deck. In many cases, a wood repair company, like Best Rate Repair, can save you significant cost by just replacing the handrail and deck boards while keeping the basic skeleton and support system of the deck.
By replacing your deck’s board and handrail, you’ll get all the benefits of a new deck (visual appearance and function) with much less cost and effort on the part deck builder.
In the next blog post, I’ll review reinforcing and/or replacing components of the deck substructure.