Deck Repair vs Deck Replacement

Remodeling a broken deck is one of the trickiest and often most laborious aspects of a home improvement project. With many additional physical tasks that come along with repair, getting the job done properly may require greater intellect, stamina and endurance while working in the sun and blistery heat. When you finally decide to take action on the problems, you’ll find that the quality of a deck repair job isn’t all that different from the job of a new construction job, whether the deck is stained to match the home, painted, artificial, or even a simple no-slip surface.


The very first step to a deck repair job is generally focused on removing the dirt, debris, and grime that invariably gets embedded in any deck. If your home allows for it, a power washer can bring your deck back to spic and span condition. A good quality deck cleaner will allow for a fresh base to start the restoration and repair process. Deck restoration can mean the difference between a relatively quick and nicely covered deck resurfacing job and a full renovation that takes a great deal more time and effort to accomplish properly.


When you’re first considering a deck repair job, realize that a proper repair generally involves repairing a few deck boards only or a more extreme case that will involve the support frame underneath. Repairing the deck is best done with the help of an experienced deck builder using smaller caps or adaptors – they can often get in and under the deck flooring and locate any obvious damage no matter how compact the deck may appear. Although they can’t usually fully get underneath the deck, experienced deck builders can determine if the deck is in good enough shape simply by identifying unseen damage by measuring under the deck visually. The deck repair professional can then replace the damaged boards – which is often much more cost effective than complete deck replacement.

Deck Repair

Deck replacement

A deck substitute – just as its name suggests, is a synthetic alternative to a wooden deck. Made with a combination of synthetic materials, deck substitute materials are much less expensive to maintain in the long run. They can also be more resistant to both sun and moisture, which in most cases is better than wood. Deck substitutes often come with undertaking an impressive amount of durability than a regular natural wood deck – in some cases they’ll have a twenty-year warranty.

Deck additions

In some situations, the cost or necessity of a deck replacement is avoidable. In these cases a smaller alternative can correct the problem, creating a seamless finished product. Deck additions, especially milled types, can be fitted into existing deck spaces with virtually no flooring alteration necessary. Although they are more costly than a “no-slip” deck, a deck addition is a good alternative for homeowners that can’t justify an entirely new deck.