Signs It’s Time for a Deck Replacement

Deck replacement is a big undertaking and for many, one that is put off until it’s too late. Is it time for you to replace your deck? Take a look at this list from Harmony Decking. If one or more things apply, you may need a replacement.

You might need to repair or replace your deck if….

Your deck isn’t up to code

How could your deck not be up to code? Well, some decks are older than NJ and PA regulations, so they were built before some important regulations were introduced. In these states, a deck has to be 30” above grade level and be surrounded by a railing with spindles no further apart than 4”. If your deck doesn’t fit these criteria, it’s time for a new one.

You’ve had accidents on your deck

If you, a family member, or a guest has injured themselves on a loose screw, nail, or gnarly piece of wood, it’s time to give your deck an upgrade. Sometimes this can mean just replacing a few boards. But in other instances, your deck may be too far gone and you will need to replace it entirely.

Stains and other marks

Stains and other marks can be an ugly feature on a once pristine deck, but that’s not why they are a cause for replacement. Marks, scuffs, and other stains can interfere with the sealant or protective coating of your deck. This can result in peeling, moisture exposure, and rotting. These stains may not lead to a full deck remodel, but they do require further inspection to determine the extent of the damage.

Broken boards

This one may seem like a no-brainer, but if you have broken or damaged boards on your deck, they need to be replaced ASAP. Weaknesses in some boards can lead to overcompensation by others. This means there can be more damage and potential for injury in the future.

Dry rot

Dry rot can often go unnoticed, which is why it’s imperative to know what to look for so that you can avoid structural damage caused by untreated dry rot. Fungal growth, shrinking boards, dark stains, and a musty odor are all signs of dry rot that should be treated immediately to avoid costly damage in the future. Dry rot can sneak up on you but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be taken

Any of these danger signs could mean that you need a deck replacement or some repairs at the very least. If you think your deck is in need of a little TLC, we strongly recommend you give us a call. At Harmony Decking, we put your happiness and safety first, and it is our goal to help you create (or maintain) the deck of your dreams.

What are you waiting for? Give us a call at (215) 290-7727 today or send an email to to learn more!

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