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How to Know When It’s Time to Replace Your Deck

Repair or replace? The correct decision can be difficult to determine, but sometimes it’s just best to start fresh with your outdoor space than to keep putting money into the upkeep of your old one. So, how can you really tell when it’s time?



Know the signs:

  • Missing Boards, and Screws

Proper boards and screws are important safety components of any deck. While upkeep can be expensive, wear and tear of these features can pose a threat to you and your family’s safety. Once your deck begins losing boards and screws, this should be a key indicator that it is time for the deck to be replaced.


• Wobbly Railing

Railings are also a very important component of your deck’s safety! Many people lean on railings so making sure they properly secure is crucial. Check your railings consistently for rot, water damage, or insect damage. Replacing railing and balusters can also update the appearance of your deck.


•Unsecure Ledger Board

The ledger board is the portion of the deck that is attached to your home. If you notice that any part of the deck is no longer secure to you house and a gap is visible, it may be time to schedule a repair or a new deck installation.

  • Rotting and Splintering

Nobody likes going outside and getting a splinter stuck in their foot… if your old wooden boards are causing this, it might be time to install a new one. Likewise, a rotted deck can simply be a pain to walk on. Rot is difficult to recover from, and your home will most likely benefit from a replacement.

  • Stubborn Mold

After being outdoors in various weather conditions, it’s only natural for wooden decks to begin growing mold. Over time, this mold can get stuck in the cracks, causing the boards to rot. Once this degradation starts, there is not much you can do other than to replace the deck.


If you have noticed any of these warning signs in your current outdoor living space, give us a call today at (864) 224-9190 to schedule a free estimate! Total Home Exteriors has been serving the Upstate of South Carolina for over 20 years.


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