How To Tell When You Need Deck Restoration

Looking Out For Rotted Deck Boards

The signs are obvious; wood rot, broken and loose railings, chipped, cracked, and damaged paint are all indicators that your deck needs help. Let’s identify whether you need a simple board repair, resurfacing, or deck restoration. Use this article as a guide to determine the severity of your damaged deck and identify the right plan of action to restore your deck to its natural beauty.

Deck Lifespan

A wood deck is expected to last 10-15 years, and a composite deck lifespan is 25-30 years. In our blog, Wood vs. Composite Decking, we provide a complete overview of the materials, design, and what to expect from wood and composite decks. If your deck is near the end of its lifespan, it’s time to consider deck restoration.

Is your wood deck more than 10 years old? Or is your composite deck more than 25 years old?

Soft Boards

Soft boards are a sign that rot has crept into your deck surface. In this case, the solution, whether it’s a simple board replacement or a complete deck restoration, is less obvious. For example, the rot may be underneath the surface and a simple board replacement will only delay the issue as the rot spreads. If you notice any soft spots on your deck, get on the phone with us and talk to a deck expert.

Are there any soft spots on your deck surface?

Just a quick note: We are a Trex Pro Platinum partner. We believe in the quality of their products, and we only recommend products that we truly believe in. For future reference, we wanted to share with you that Trex composite decks won’t rot, splinter, or crack. If you’re interested, you can learn about the advantages of Trex composite decking right here.


Surface damage, erosion, gaps between the deck and the house, and unstable railings are signs that your deck needs some help. In some cases, these issues could be purely aesthetic, and require simple restaining or repainting to make the deck feel new. In other cases, these issues indicate that the deck structure is becoming unsafe.

Does your deck have any gaps, surface damage, or erosion?

What’s Next?

If you answered yes to any of the questions above, we recommend that you schedule a personal consultation with one of our deck experts, so we can provide the best insight for you. If you want to learn more about deck repair, resurfacing, and deck restoration, subscribe to our newsletter as we continue to provide updates, tips, and share our insights. In our next blog, we’ll dive into our detailed process of repairing, resurfacing, and restoring decks back to their natural beauty.

Use this article as a guide to determine the severity of your damaged deck and identify the right plan of action to restore your deck to its natural beauty.
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