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Signs Your Deck Boards Need to Be Replaced

Sep 22

If you've been looking at the floorboards of your deck lately, there are a number of common signs that they need to be replaced. While the obvious ones like wood that is rotting, cracks, and insects' damage are easy to spot, you can also look for signs of other damage as well.

Let's dive in!

Wood is rotted

Dry rot is a fungus that weakens wood. You can notice it as discoloration, sponginess, and when the wood breaks down when wet. The main cause of dry rot is moisture, which comes from insects and leaky water sources. The fungus feeds on the cellulose in wood, making the wood weak and brittle.

Wood rot can spread to other parts of your house, including your electrical system. Wood rot can also affect other wood in your home, including structural wood. This can lead to a high cost to repair.

Fortunately, there are several ways to repair rotten wood. Firstly, you can treat the wood with wood hardener. This product can repair a variety of damaged wood. It can be applied to door frames, window sills, and solid wood elements. It can also be used to strengthen wood with minor damage.

A question we often get is should I replace or repair worn or damaged decking. You'll want to totally replace wood rot boards in most instances.

Cracking wood

If you notice cracks on your deck boards, it is likely the boards need to be replaced. These cracks can be caused by rapid drying, improper installation, and everyday wear and tear. Prevention is key to avoiding cracking. Sealing your deck boards every year can make a big difference and extend the life of your deck by years.

In order to repair a board with a crack, first unscrew the board and examine it closely. Then, using a flexible polyurethane caulk, seal the crack. Do not use wood putty, as it will not stand up to the test of time.

If you can't remove the rotten wood completely, use clamps to support the rotten boards. Then, screw in new wood with 2-inch wood screws. When the new wood is attached, flip the old one over and secure it again. Apply sealant if necessary.

Cracked deck boards can be dangerous. They tend to splinter when exposed to moisture and other factors. While it's usually a cosmetic problem, it can also be an indicator of hidden rot. Fortunately, the problem is easy to fix. In most cases, the damaged boards can be simply replaced.

Loose floorboards

If you've noticed floorboards that have come loose on your deck, you may need to replace them. This can be especially danagerous if your deck is around a pool.

The best solution is to replace the entire board, rather than just repairing the problem. To do this, you must drill two pilot holes in each end, aligning them over the support cleats and screwing the replacement board in place with three-inch deck screws.

Before you get a deck repairman to replace your floorboards, you should inspect them for any pest problems. A professional can check for termites and insects. The cost will depend on the size and type of the floorboards that need to be replaced. If the boards are damaged to a large extent, the cost will be higher.

You should also check the fasteners that hold your deck boards in place. If nails are used, make sure they're stainless steel or galvanized. It's best to use screws, as nails can easily become loose over time. If the whole floor of the deck wobbles or the floorboards feel spongy, you may need to replace them.