Do you suspect you might need a new deck but aren’t entirely sure it’s the right time? Here’s a handy list of signs to watch for. If you say yes to three questions on this list, it’s time to remodel the deck:
#1: Has your deck been damaged by insects, the weather, or your family and pets?
Decks aren’t indestructible, especially older wooden decks. Inspect your deck carefully. If there are split, twisted, or warped boards, damaged stairs, loose railings, compromised banisters or other damage, an upgrade is in order. Don’t forget to grab your flashlight and look underneath your deck for insect and moisture damage – that’s often where the problems will show up first!
#2: Does your deck get really, really crowded when you’re trying to entertain?
Part of the fun of outdoor living is the ability to get together comfortably with your family and friends. If your deck just isn’t large enough to do the job, your favorite people are going to need to find a different place to hang out and enjoy themselves. Ideally, your deck will have enough seating to handle your entire family plus an average number of guests reasonably; frequent entertainers who like to throw big parties will need a larger space.
#3: Does your deck look tired and worn out – especially compared to the rest of the house?
Time takes its toll on everything, and outdoor living spaces are no exception. Look at your deck with an objective eye. Is it vibrant and inviting? Do you feel it accurately represents the personality of your family? Are you proud of your deck?
Here in the Framingham area, we run into many older decks that were built of white pine or other softwoods. While this may have been the affordable option at the time, as the years go by, the condition of these decks deteriorates quickly. This is due in part to the extreme weather we experience locally – scorching summer sun, followed by wicked winter winds, deteriorate wood.
The smart alternative to consider if you’re going to upgrade your deck is composite decking. This planet friendly material comes in a variety of colors, is long lasting, and resists insect, weather, and heavy traffic damage very well.