Repair or Replace? Which One Does My Deck Require?
A deck creates continuity between your home and the outdoors; therefore, it is an important part of your home. Every homeowner understands that proper maintenance and inspection is the key to ensuring that a deck has a long life. Unfortunately, most homeowners do not know when the time is right for a deck repair or replacement.
If you are one such homeowner, ask yourself this question: What is wrong with my deck? By answering this question, you will know whether to repair or replace your deck. If you are unsure of what is wrong with your deck, have a local deck contractor inspect the deck for you. A contractor will be able to spot issues such as splits, rot and bug damage among other deck problems.
After inspecting your deck, the contractor will advise you on the best course of action. If there is localized damage on a few boards, he will recommend repairing that area only. However, if the damage is extensive (affects more of the structural areas of the deck), a full deck replacement is recommended.
What is the Cost of Repairing and Replacing a Deck
According to HomeAdvisor, deck repair costs approximately $1,479, but most homeowners spend between $697 and $2,262 on the project. The cost of replacing a deck depends majorly on the materials you chose for the project. If you choose plastics and composites, expect to pay $7.82, $8.68 and up to $9.48 per square foot for polyethylene, polypropylene, and polyvinyl chloride respectively.
If wood is your material of choice, expect to pay $7.75, $22.50, $20, $3.75, $4 per square foot for Redwood, Ipe, Tigerwood, Cedar, and Bamboo respectively. Lastly, if you opt for Pressure-Treated Wood, expect to pay from $8.38 – $10.55 per square foot. If you need advice with regards to the choice of decking material and cost, get in touch with a reputable decking professional in your area.
Note: The above costs (replacing a deck) are not inclusive of labor as well as the cost of other materials.
Can a New Deck Help Reduce Maintenance Costs?
The best and most important part of planning a new deck is selecting the right decking material that fits your lifestyle. Fortunately, today’s high-tech manufacturers have made a lot of advancements toward creating decking materials that simulate real wood. A big boost is that these materials have a long life span as they never rot, splinter or require sanding and staining.
Therefore, getting a new deck is an excellent idea if you want low-maintenance decking. While traditional wood decks have an appealing look, you will have to reseal or refinish them after a few years to maintain their look. Additionally, you will have to apply a high-quality, oil-based wood preservative to prevent the wood from deteriorating prematurely. Over time, unmaintained wood decks will change color as well as show signs of warping, cracking and splitting.
Hiring a Professional Deck Contractor Can Be Invaluable
Some deck problems can be identified and repaired, while others require complete replacement. The most crucial thing that you as a homeowner needs to remember is that catching deck problems early enough will not only help you and your family stay safe but also help you avoid high repair costs in the long run.
Seeking the services of a full-service deck company is a great idea when it comes to repairing or installing a new deck. They will inspect your current deck for structural problems, then provide you with an honest report of your deck’s status before addressing the problems.
Also, if you choose to replace your deck, the professional you hire will offer expert advice on how to plan for the new deck as well as help you choose the right materials for installation.