How Do I Know if My Whole Deck Needs Replaced?

There are five major components to decks

  • Footers
  • Rough structural framing
  • Stairs
  • Decking
  • Guardrails

When you look at an old deck, you might be thinking it’s time to replace it, and you’re wondering how much does that cost? Unless you are changing the design, the good news is, you may only need to replace the decking, and the boards on top of the guardrail.

Why not everything else?

Sun damage is the worst, and next to that is water damage. The footers and rough framing are mostly protected by the decking. And guardrails are vertical, so they typically resist sun and water damage.

What is the cost difference between a new deck and just a cosmetic upgrade?

New construction is around $22 a square foot versus say $7 a square foot for cosmetics. Example is, the average size deck is around 400 square feet. 400x$22 is $8,800. 400 at $7 $2,800. A savings of 69%.

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Jason Thompson

I grew up in a small town in Frederick County Maryland just outside of Baltimore and DC. I learned a lot from my Dad growing up about a great work ethic and how to do various handyman items. I started my first construction job at the age of 15 helping my girlfriend's dad build custom houses. That's when I learned the difference between a house and a custom house. I worked for various contractors but learned a lot from Dale White building houses and decks and how to do it the right way. At the age of 30, I decided to start my own business doing pressure washing and soon Incorporated carpentry. After 5 years I decided to pursue Music as a teacher and performer but found that I was chasing it and wasn't very enjoyable. I started Ultimate Craftsman on March 22nd of 2020. Charleston Craftsmen LLC was born And look forward to working with you and you are dreams!.