“We’re an active family,” Jan explained. “Two kids in sports, a dog, and a household routine that means we’re always on the go. We’re blessed with a great family and lots of friends, and we entertain a lot. Our oldest turned 16 this year, and his party got a little rowdy. The railing on one side of our deck definitely needs repair, the steps are looking sad, and frankly, I’m wondering if the whole deck needs to be replaced.”
Your deck can take a lot of wear and tear during a busy summer. If it’s looking a little rough around the edges now, you may be thinking deck repair or deck replacement. The autumn is the ideal time to address deck condition: the kids are busy in school and the weather’s still nice enough to have your Massachusetts deck builders do the work.
People often ask us how long a deck is expected to last. The answer to that question depends on a few factors: the materials your deck was built of, the amount of use the deck receives, and the environmental conditions the deck has been exposed to. Wooden decks don’t last quite as long as decks built out of PVC or composite decking: this is because they are vulnerable to weather, moisture, mold and insect damage. Decks that are used heavily wear out faster than decks that don’t see as much use. In local weather conditions, a wooden deck with proper treatment can last as long as 40 years – many are replaced after 15 to 20 years.
Your Massachusetts deck builder can help you determine if it is time for deck repair or deck replacement. If the deck is structurally sound but needs attention paid to the railing and stairs, having these repairs done can extend the useful life of your deck. If the deck has been damaged by insects, moisture, or rambunctious use, deck replacement may be in order.