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A deck is a perfect way to add valuable outdoor living space to your home. However, any deck must be properly maintained to remain safe. While a deck has a long lifespan, it will eventually need replacing. Here are five signs that it’s time to upgrade your deck.

Loose Railings
Your deck’s railings are a critical safety feature. It’s essential that your deck’s railings be stable and secure. Loose railings increase the risk of falls. If your railings shake or wobble when they’re used, they need to be repaired as soon as possible.

Wood Rot
Dry rot is a common problem for wooden decks, no matter what climate you live in. Left untreated, dry rot can cause structural damage to your deck and make it unstable. Signs of dry rot include:

• Spongy, discolored wood
• Dark stains
• Musty odors
• Fungal growth
If you notice any of these warning signs, have your deck inspected by a professional, and replace it if the problem is severe.

Corrosion
The elements can be tough on your deck’s fasteners and brackets. They can become rusted over time. You should inspect these connectors and check for signs of rust and corrosion. If you notice signs of corrosion, the fasteners should be replaced.

Loose Screws and Nails
Most homeowners will overlook a few loose, exposed screws and nails. However, those loose screws are a safety hazard. They can lead to torn clothes and even cuts. Loose nails and screws indicate your entire deck needs to be repaired or rebuilt.

Cracks In Wood
Minor wear and tear on deck boards is normal, and that includes cracks. However, large cracks in a deck may become dangerous. Large cracks may weaken the deck’s wood and increase the risk of collapse. It may be possible to fill in small cracks, but boards with large cracks will need to be replaced.

If your deck needs replacement, contact us. We look forward to assisting you.