If you think it might be time for a new deck, you can build one. After all, that’s a benefit of being a homeowner. You get to make the calls on renovations and home improvements!
But let’s say you need to justify the cost of a new deck to your spouse, or simply to feel better about your decision. If you find any of the top six signs it’s time for a new deck, you won’t have to second-guess your decision.
1. It’s a Safety Threat
You lean back on the deck railing and the entire structure quakes. That’s not a good sign.
Shaky handrails and wiggly railings point to a major problem: Your deck isn’t secure. If you plan on having a big group over for a summer barbecue, you need to make sure the side of the deck doesn’t come crashing down the moment it’s touched. That may mean making a repair, but it could also mean it’s time for a new deck altogether.
2. Insecure Ledger Board
The ledger board is the section that connects the deck to the house. If it’s starting to loosen and pull away from the home, it puts your deck at risk of collapse during the next storm.
If enough time has passed that the ledger board is rotting, it’s time to plan a porch replacement project.
3. There’s an Infestation
For wood decks, termites can pose a major problem. Thankfully, if you catch an infestation quickly enough, you can remove the infested boards and replace them without having to tear down the entire porch. But if termites are left to their own devices, your deck is no longer stable or safe.
4. It Feels Spongy
If your feet are sinking into the boards when you walk across your deck, it’s past its best life. Spongy boards indicate rot and decay, which isn’t good for a porch destined to get a lot of use this summer.
5. Footings or Joists Show Structural Issues
The strength of a porch lies in its footings and joists, the underlying structure that keeps the deck standing. If footings are sinking and joists are shaking, the structure has some drastic structural issues that might not have an easy remedy.
6. It’s Not Up to Code
Utah building code requires all decks to have a minimum guardrail height of 36 inches on residential properties and 42 inches on commercial properties. If the platform is more than 30 inches from the ground, guardrails are required. If your current porch isn’t up to code, consider a replacement.
Call Utah Fence Warehouse when it’s time for a new deck — we have a wide selection of materials and styles to fit any home design.