We’ve expressed time and time again just how overjoyed our customers are when we install a new deck on their home. Why wouldn’t they be? A deck provides a wonderful meeting ground for entertaining guests, grilling outdoors, and overall just relaxing and enjoying the wonderful Minnesota spring, summer, and fall (doesn’t mean you can’t grill out in the winter though!). If you already have a deck, that project probably doesn’t interest you much. That being said, a deck replacement could be right up your alley – and long overdue.
Can Decks Last Forever?
There is really no telling how long your wood deck will last because there are so many factors that go into determining lifespan. If you bought your house recently, how much upkeep on the deck did the previous owners do? Is your deck out in the open where it gets pelted by rain and beat down by the sun, or is it shielded a bit? Are there trees hanging overtop the deck which can lead to algae growth on the boards?
Wood deck boards (both pressure treated pine as well as cedar) will eventually rot. This lifespan can range from 10-15 years all the way up to 30 or more depending on the amount of maintenance and care. The good thing is that it’s usually just the surface boards that experience the damage. In many cases the joists and beams that create the frame of the deck stay in good shape. Therefore sometimes only the deck boards need replacement. Having a professional deck contractor out to inspect the deck will determine what is recommended for replacement.
Dangers of Vulnerable Deck Boards?
Deck boards that are rotted are not only unsightly, they can be dangerous. In many cases the surface of the deck board will look in tact, but rot has eaten away the sturdy core of the board. These boards can give way at any time which is especially dangerous if the deck is built on a second story. Give us a call to have your deck inspected and see what kind of damage has been done and how long of a life span you can expect from the structure moving forward.
If you allow rotted deck boards to sit in place, they can also start to spread damage to the other parts of your patio space. Water will eventually soak into the joists and beams and cause them to rot too. Moisture-ridden wood will attract termites and other insects as well as bacteria that will ruin the living conditions of your once-pleasant outdoor area.
Enjoy the New Deck
Replacing your old deck boards with new ones boosts the safety of your structure and gives you a nice new outdoor living space to enjoy for the rest of the spring, summer, and fall. The actual renovation is not that invasive – it simply involves removing the old deck boards and replacing them with new ones. Depending on the size of your deck, replacing the boards can be completed in as little as a day or two.
Give us a call today for a free inspection and estimate for a deck replacement if necessary! 612-333-SNAP (7627)