According to a National Association of Home Builders study, wood decks can last up to 20 years. A dry, south-facing deck might last 10 to 15 years. Tens of millions of U.S. homeowners have decks over 20 years old and face the various reasons deck refurbishing is important. These include:
An aging deck may have missing or loose screws, nails, and metal connectors. Rotted and/or cracked wood can compromise its structure. A Chicago Tribune report in 2015 said an estimated 6,500 people had been injured due to porch and balcony collapses since 2003.
It’s important to inspect and repair an outdoor deck as needed. Make sure contractors properly install ledger board flashing. Going the DIY route increases the likelihood of unsafe situations, such as poorly spaced railings, inadequate drainage, or insufficient support.
Outdoor living space adds property value, so refurbishing your deck can raise the selling price. You’ll recoup most of the cost. On average, homeowners can recoup 85.4% of a new deck’s cost and 77.6% of a composite deck cost when the house is sold, according to HomeAdvisor.com. Repairs can cost as much as $4,000 but are well worth it in the long run.
If your deck looks worn on the surface, chances are there are underlying flaws. At the very least, a weathered deck isn’t appealing to house occupants, visitors, or potential buyers. A few tools, such as pressure washers and power sanders, aid deck restoration, while varnish and oil can make it look shiny and new again.
Finding loose deck fasteners, unsafe railings, and failing supports? Contact Deck Wizard today for a free estimate and professional repair—online or by phone at 888-391-6207.