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Is Deck Replacement Worth It?

Deck replacement is worth every dollar if sights and sounds of wear, instability and rot are evident, especially here in the Fort Wayne area.

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Fort Wayne IN Deck Replacement Contractor

Deck replacements by Archadeck Outdoor Living can give your outdoor living combination space a new lease on life for years to come. Local owner and franchisee, Craig Whitman, and his team, are deck replacement masters and know the signs if a deck replacement is needed, instead of just a minor mending.

How often should decks be replaced? That question is often asked and the answer depends on several factors. Let’s start with deck safety.

If your deck joists are weak and the rails are broken or wobbly, your deck may be a safety hazard. Safety should be your top priority, and if your deck is in poor condition, it is essential to address these issues promptly. Replacing your deck to ensure it meets safety standards is a prudent choice.

couple sitting on back patio drinking champagne

During your complimentary deck replacement design consultation, we will help you evaluate the cost of changing the “wrongs” into “rights” on your existing deck versus the cost of replacing it.

If your deck is older than 15 years and already showing significant signs of wear and damage, it might be more cost-effective in the long run to choose deck replacement. Older decks often have hidden structural issues that can be expensive to address, and that’s where Archadeck can be the most valuable asset in that determination.

Is Replacing A Deck A Good Investment?

First, consider how long you plan to stay in your home. If you intend to sell the property in the near future, a well-maintained deck can add value and appeal to potential buyers.

On the other hand, if you plan to stay for many years, investing in a new deck that will require less maintenance over time might be a better choice.

couple sitting on patio furniture on deck

Furthermore, think about how you use your deck and whether it meets your aesthetic preferences. A new deck replacement can offer improved aesthetics, modern features, and better functionality compared to an older one. It can greatly enhance your outdoor living experience.

Will A Deck Replacement Require Less Maintenance?

Older decks typically require more maintenance to keep them in good condition. Consider the ongoing maintenance costs and effort required for an older deck versus a new one. Newer deck building materials often require less maintenance.

Our experience indicates that a wooden deck that has been well maintained can last 15 years or more, whereas a low maintenance deck may last for several decades if designed and built with high-quality composite or synthetic deck replacement materials.

outdoor kitchen and dining area on outdoor deck

TimberTech decking options from AZEK are a great place to start for replacement decking and are popular and often requested by our clients due to their low maintenance needs (actually, there aren’t any – except for a sweep of a broom or a quick garden hose rinse).

In addition, composite and synthetic decking feature a huge selection of wood-grain patterns, effects and color choices – and their limited warranties are quite impressive.

Deck Replacement With Composite Or Synthetic Decking Is The Ultimate Win/Win

TimberTech composite decking materials are made from a combination of wood fibers and recycled plastic. They are known for their resistance to rot, insects, and fading, and their protected capped surfaces enhance durability and stain resistance.

outdoor deck near body of water

TimberTech Advanced PVC synthetic decking is made entirely of plastic. It's highly durable, doesn't rot or warp, and is resistant to stains and fading. PVC decking is virtually maintenance-free and can be cleaned with simple household cleaners when needed.

Visible Signs That A Deck Replacement Is Needed

  1. Stepping onto your deck emits sounds of creaking or stress.
  2. The deck boards feel rather soft instead of firm.
  3. Your deck’s appearance and feel makes you uncomfortable.
  4. The safety perimeter features of your deck rails are damaged, broken or wobbly.
  5. You notice pests eating away at your deck boards.
  6. Those unsightly spots you have been noticing are actually deck rot.
  7. Your deck ledger board, which is the horizontal member that connects the deck to its building forms, appears to have been compromised.

Confused About Your Deck’s Condition? Call Us For The Truth.

Refurbish? Renovate? Replace? Call us at 855-931-4746. You can easily click this link right here to connect with us right now.

Craig Whitman, owner Archadeck of Fort Wayne.