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How to Tell If It’s Time for Deck Replacement

Deck ReplacementYour old wooden deck – your once beautiful wood deck – has served you and your family for years. It has hosted barbeques, birthday parties, family dinners, and every other outdoor event under the sun (literally!). Unfortunately, your deck has seen better days, prompting you to ask the question, “Is it time to think about deck replacement?”

How to Tell If It’s Time for Deck Replacement

The average wood deck lasts 10-15 years, but, as they say, all good things must come to an end. There comes a time when even the best deck must be torn down and re-built. The only problem: you don’t know when that time is. So, without further ado, here are the signs that you need to consider deck replacement.

Your Deck is Sagging

We probably don’t have to tell you, but your deck should never sag. EVER! If your deck is no longer level and has begun to sag, most likely due to structural damage, it is time to pick up the phone and call your local deck builder to come out and take a closer look.

Your Decking is Warped, Split, or Cracked

If your deck boards are worse for wear, deck replacement may be an option. No amount of sanding and staining can fix a warped, split, or cracked board. And if the problem is widespread, there is no coming back.

Of course, if the structure itself is still in great shape, you may be a candidate for re-decking. This is where the structure is left intact, but the boards and the entire outside surface are replaced. It’s like a facelift for your deck!

Your Deck is Rotting

Wood rot is never a good sign. The good news: it’s easily detectable. Just look for wood that is damp, discolored, and soft to the touch. If this describes parts of your deck, it is time to consider a new deck.

Your Deck Boards Won’t Hold Nails and Screws

If you continue to notice nails have popped and will not hold into the wood, this is a warning sign of an underlying issue. It is usually a sure sign that the wood needs to be replaced.

Your Deck is on the Move

If your deck has come detached from the house, stay away! Avoid your deck until you have talked with a home improvement contractor.

And More!

According to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, only about 40% of the 45 million existing decks are completely safe. Is yours one of them? Or is it time to consider deck replacement?

Deck Replacement Services in Frederick County

The deck division of Albaugh & Sons has more than 10 years of experience in the deck-building field. We can easily build whatever deck you can dream up, using whatever materials you prefer. We specialize in the following types of custom decking: low maintenance, Timber Tech, Azek, Evergrain, composite, Trex, and, of course, natural hardwoods. Whatever material you choose, your new deck will be reliable, safe, and beautiful.

Contact Albaugh & Sons today for a FREE estimate.

The estimate you receive for your deck is not only competitive; it is extremely accurate. And with an average return on investment (ROI) around 87%, according to Remodeling Magazine’s annual Cost vs. Value Report, a new deck is a great way to add value to your home.

If you are looking Deck Replacement Services in Frederick County, you’ve come to the right place! Please contact Albaugh & Sons at 301-964-9379 or fill out the contact form found on our website. We are based in Frederick, Maryland and service all of Frederick County and parts of Washington and Carroll counties.

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