backyard-deckThere is no doubt by now that most of us have summer on the mind. Memorial Day is just a week away, and that means pools and plenty of opportunities to grill outdoors.

Summer then also means getting our backyards into tip-top shape—And that includes your deck! If you have an older deck, it may be time for a replacement, and now is the perfect time before summer gets into full swing.

So, here are some telltale signs that you need a new deck installed. Take a look below:

Alternatives/Easy Repairs

Though your deck may look worn out and past its prime that doesn’t necessarily mean that it needs to be replaced. In some cases, all your deck needs is a nice power wash and some sanding in order for it to look brand new. With that you may want to consider re-sealing your deck, which will give your quite a few more years to enjoy it before you will really need to address any serious issues.

Aside from that, you may just need to replace a few boards in order to extend the life of your deck. All you’ll need to do is single out the boards that are visibly warped or cracked and replace them with new boards. This task is fairly simple and much more cost effective than replacing the entire deck, but if you find yourself replacing a good portion of the deck, then that may be a sign that you’ll need a full deck replacement.

When It Is Time to Replace Your Deck

The most important issue when it comes to replacing your deck is the safety of friends and family. This is often the result of structural damage that may result in injury if not properly taken care of. This may include the following:

  • Loose or weak railings
  • Visible rot through the frame
  • Significant bowing or warping throughout the boards
  • Large cracks or chunks missing from the boards
  • Soft spots along the deck surface
  • A significant number of nails and screws that are pushing themselves out the deck

If you’ve noticed any of these while inspecting your deck, then perhaps it is time for you to consider replacing the entire thing. With ODW, replacing your deck will be a fairly easy task. It will not only you a peace of mind when you and your family are out on the deck, but also more time to enjoy your backyard –something we can fully stand by.

Here at Omaha Door & Window we offer a wide variety of services to meet the needs of our customers and that includes deck installations. Durable and virtually maintenance-free, our composite decking boards are available in a variety of popular styles and colors. Plus, our decking installations are backed with a lifetime-limited warranty.

As always, if you have any questions or would like to know more about what Omaha Door & Window has to offer, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us via our website’s Contact Us page. We’d love to help out! We’re also available on Facebook and on Twitter @OmahaDoor.

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