Should You Restore Your Existing Deck or Build a New One?

Should You Restore Your Existing Deck or Build a New One?

Spring is arriving and the weather is getting warmer. It’s time to get outside and start enjoying your deck and all the outdoors has to offer. You might be thinking though “The deck is so old!”

If your deck is less than appealing to you, then perhaps it’s time to consider whether you want to revive and restore it to its original beauty, or simply tear it down and build a new one.

There’s no need to go to the expense of building a new deck, when all you have to do is restore or renovate the one you already have.

Even if you want to change the design of the deck, you can use what is existing as a start. This all depends of course, on the existing underlying structural components. If so, then all you will have to do is to replace any boards or posts that are damaged or rotted.

You can call a company like AllStar Home and Commercial Inspections to come out and inspect your deck to let you know if it is structurally sound, and a candidate for restoration, or if it needs to be replaced.

Things you should be looking for, if you choose to renovate rather than replace include the following:

  • Making sure the framework is still in good shape and serviceable.
  • Making sure the deck is safe for all who use it. Most older decks, while they were built according to code, did not take into consideration small children getting hurt on the stairs, or injured because the balustrades were too far apart.
  • Making sure the deck is properly connected to the house and supported so that it is is still safe if the connection to the house fails for some reason. Most injuries come from decks that are not properly connected to the house, or supported if the connection fails, causing the deck to collapse.

Contact Riverside Property Inspections if you want to ensure that your deck is safe and strong.

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