Deck Replacement: Signs It’s Time and Tips for a Successful Upgrade

deck replacement contractor before and after shots of deckLooking to give your deck a whole new look? Before you begin your search for a deck replacement contractor, it’s important to know whether it’s the right time to upgrade and completely replace your deck.

A deck can transform your backyard into a functional outdoor space while adding value to your home. However, if your deck is worn, damaged, or dangerous, it can prove to be a liability. So how do you know when it’s time to replace your deck and how do you go about doing it? Our deck replacement contractors can answer these questions in this blog!

Although the actual decision to replace your deck can depend on a variety of factors like structural damage and personal preference, here are some signs your deck needs a replacement.

If you are ready to replace your deck, contact us at Get Decked today for a free deck quote.

Signs Your Deck Needs to be Replaced

Your Wood Deck is Rotting, Split, or Warped

Decks built using pressure-treated lumber can face a lot of issues over time. After all, they must face the elements day in and day out, which can cause a lot of damage.

With time, wood can split, warp, or even rot. Regular deck routine maintenance can help extend its life, but even the most well-maintained decks may have to be eventually retired.

If you notice any sign that your deck’s structural integrity is compromised, you must replace it immediately to avoid any potential accidents.

If your custom deck has split, warped, or even rotten, talk to a deck replacement contractor for a quote to replace it. Our experts will provide you with an estimate to replace your old deck with a whole new modern Azek deck.

Broken or Wobbly Railings

Your deck’s railings also play a crucial role as they help keep your deck safe. If you notice that the deck railings are broken or wobbly, this could be a sign that your deck needs a complete replacement.

If the deck railings are broken or wobbly, this could be due to a possible structural failure or simply that your deck is not up to code. It should be a priority to have it replaced as soon as you can by your local deck builder simply to ensure the safety of everyone who uses the deck. Also, there’s nothing worse than putting a “band-aid” on a problem, only to have it become a bigger issue down the line.

As your deck replacement contractor, we highly recommend upgrading to a PVC deck material like Azek decking. This type of decking material is extremely durable and is significantly easier to maintain as well, so you won’t have to worry about regularly caring for your deck.

A Termite Infestation Has Damaged Your Decking

A termite infestation can severely affect the deck’s structural integrity. However, detecting termite damage isn’t always straightforward. If you see splintered or cracked wood, it can be a sign of termite damage. If you walk over your deck, and it feels bouncy and soft, that is another possible sign that the deck is being hollowed out and experiencing internal damage.

Termite damage is a ticking time bomb, so be sure to talk to a deck replacement contractor for an inspection.

Apart from termites, other wood-boring insects like carpenter bees and ants can also cause damage to your backyard deck. So, look for the above signs to determine if it’s the right time to call in a deck replacement contractor.

Unattractive or Outdated Decking

The aesthetic appeal could be another reason why you may want to consider replacing your deck.

Maybe you don’t like your deck anymore. Perhaps it looks old and outdated, or maybe your deck was a DIY project built by the previous homeowners and you’d rather contact a reliable deck builder to replace the deck using modern Azek decking materials that last.

Tips for a Successful Deck Replacement

If you’re considering replacing your deck, it’s the perfect opportunity to create a unique outdoor living space that doesn’t look like any other.

In your search for deck replacement contractors, look for a company that can build a strong custom deck made with high-quality materials rather than a deck that is built with cheap materials. Look for a deck company that can cater to your requirements and can build you a customized solution to help your deck not only look great but also help you get your money’s worth by having it last for years to come!

You don’t want to go through all the effort and end up with a deck replacement that leaves you dissatisfied. You deserve a deck that not only looks great but also enhances the quality of life for your family and improves the functionality of your backyard.

With the help of a custom deck builder like Get Decked, you can design and build the deck of your dreams. At Get Decked, we treat your deck replacement project like our own and give it our all to build a deck you will be proud to share with friends and family. No matter the reason why you may be considering replacing your deck, whether it’s due to damage, age, or a desire for a fresh new look with ease, Get Decked can help make it a reality!

A Word of Caution About Common Industry Practice

At Get Decked, we can remove your old deck and replace it with a brand-new deck. We do not make add-ons to an existing deck. The main reason why we don’t do add-ons is that we don’t want to use old deck frames since it is not good practice. And we don’t repair decks (unless it’s under warranty from one of our own decks), re-deck or resurface either.

A lot of deck replacement contractors will do this because it’s a way to make a quick buck, but that doesn’t mean it’s good practice.

Here are some more reasons why we do not re-deck or resurface:

  • Every few years, deck codes will change along with the structural support requirements. Due to these changes, we cannot use old deck footings as we cannot prove how deep they are among other issues.
  • The process of partially removing the old decking can leave the deck joists riddled with screws or old nail holes. This means that you will have a poor base for your deck which is why this Delaware deck builder recommends replacing the entire deck.
  • Although decking manufacturers state on their websites that you can span your deck floor joists 16″ in the center, we don’t recommend doing it as it can leave the decking wavy up and down rather than strengthening it. We always go 12″ in the center, so if your old deck had the standard 16″ on center, we would have to add joists in between, which would add a lot more weight to an already older beam and footings.
  • With the new low-maintenance decking products available, deck replacement is more cost-efficient and sensible in the long run. While new-age products like Azek decking, tend to be more on the costly side, installing your new deck on a strong and solid base can alleviate any issues for a positive return on investment.

Get Decked, Your Local Deck Replacement Contractor

At Get Decked, we understand that when it comes to custom deck building, it’s important to focus on one craft and do it exceptionally well. That’s why we specialize in building custom decks and do not claim to be a master of all trades. And when we build decks, we build them the right way the first time to ensure that our clients receive a high-quality, long-lasting backyard deck that meets their unique needs, style, and preferences.

Get Decked is your local deck builder with over 38+ years of industry experience serving all over Chester County PA, Montgomery County PA, New Castle County DE, and Kent County DE. If you are looking to upgrade to a new deck, we can help! Over the years, we have successfully replaced decks in hundreds of homes across Southeastern Pennsylvania and Delaware. Get in touch with us today for a free deck estimate!

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What Customers Are Saying

Hal and Rachelle H.

We absolutely love our brand new screened in deck. The craftsmanship and the quality of the materials you all used are superior. I had no idea our house would be transformed so much. We feel like we do when we’re at the beach. We eat as many meals as we can outside. My teenage children take naps outside. My dog even has his bowl outside! Get Decked was an absolute pleasure to do business with. There were no hidden fees. The schedule was kept perfectly and the job was done immaculately. We have lived in our house for 25 years…

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Anne C.

Dear Mike, Connie & Family,I cannot thank all of you enough. From the moment I first met you, I knew how passionate you were about delivering an outstanding product. I am sitting on my new deck now, as I write this note. I am confident that my new deck will bring many years of joy. It is perfect & gorgeous. You are all awesome & I hope that you will be here for my summer BBQ. Fondly,Anne C.

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Patty D, Delaware

“Get Decked” just finished my deck this afternoon. It is beautiful and was constructed with true craftsmanship and detail. In my opinion…all I have to say is that if you need a deck and don’t seriously consider this company, you are making a huge mistake. At least talk to them. . give them a call. My deck was a little under $10,000.00 dollars…and it is exactly what I wanted. Dealing with numerous contractors over many many years, I was thoroughly impressed with the way they do business. This will probably be hard to believe, but I have interviewed over 20…

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Paul Davis, Newark, DE

Dear Get Decked Crew,After consulting with several contractors and looking at projects from each one, I contracted with Get Decked to build my deck in Academy Hill, Newark, DE. I was quite impressed with the quality of your work and the integrity of your crew during the planning and building process. That was nearly 10 years ago. This past summer it came to my attention that the stair support stringers had rotten sections due to what appeared to be insect damage. I contacted Get Decked and explained the problem to Connie. I was greeted with the same superior service that…

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Candy Koons, Pottstown PA

This was my second experience with Get Decked. Sixteen years ago they built a 12×20′ cedar deck on my home, When I decided to replace it with a low maintenance Azek deck this year, I did not even consider another contractor. I knew they used high quality materials, completed the job quickly, charged exactly what they estimated, and had a strong work ethic. Because of this, I did not feel it was necessary to meet them to discuss the second deck. All selections were made via email saving us both time. Both decks were completed exactly as I wanted in…

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Scott and Marianne

When we decided to replace our existing deck, we searched for a company that would assist us from design to construction. They had to be able to help us design a deck whereby we could achieve the most deck given code restrictions, provide quality craftsmanship, and handle any installation issues that may arise. We knew finding a company with the experience and craftsmanship to accomplish this would probably not be the cheapest. We know from experience, however, that cheap often leaves one dissatisfied with the results. We appreciate the personal attention given to this project. You helped us with the…

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Gail Griffin from Downingtown, PA

The Get Decked team is awesome! They know their stuff when it comes to decks. I wanted a deck but had no idea where to start or what options were available to me. Mike and Connie gave us a bunch of information and recommendations based on our needs and budget. They had answers to all of our questions, and were willing to meet with us as much as we needed to go over design details. They were honest with their opinions on what would work and what wouldn’t work, and they worked to stay within our budget. They were quickly…

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Bob and Donna Macheski from Bear, DE

Connie and Mike – thank you so very much for the beautiful deck that you provided to us and also for the extra work you did to put the decking on the ramp to our tool shed with the spare decking. You guys always go above and beyond the customer expectations. We received a beautiful floral arrangement yesterday and it was greatly appreciated. I can’t say enough about the quality workmanship and the people that you have working for you – they are all very talented and respectful people. We need more folks like you providing quality services to the…

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Steve Johnson from Bear, DE

What a great experience having Mike and his crew build our deck and screen room for us. The process was simple for us. Mike and his son came to our home to discuss what we had in mind from the floor colors to the roof on our screen room. Every detail was taken care of by Mike and Connie from permits, materials, and finally the building of our deck. Finally after a week of hard work on their part we have a gorgeous deck and screen room. I know we will get years of pleasure out of our new deck.…

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Lauren, Greg, and Moose Wilkinson from Middletown, DE

Mike, Connie, the Jerminski family, and Get Decked crew – We cannot thank you enough for our beautiful deck! The whole process was top notch – from Mike and Connie coming out to do sketches/measurements/show us samples, to starting a week and a half after contract, to finishing in 4 days! And the craftsmanship and attention to detail on the deck is impeccable! We want to thank you so much for everything including the dog toy for moose and the flowers!!!! Get Decked came HIGHLY recommended and lived up to our expectations! If we decide to add a roof covering…

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Ronald and Silvia Hutchison

Mike and Connie,We want to thank you for what has been an excellent experience. The deck is beautiful and we love it. The quality of construction, the attention to detail, and the finish work is world class. You have exceeded our expectations. Again thank you for everything.

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The Epp Family, West Chester, PA

Every time we look outside to our beautiful new deck, we are reminded of the wonderful experience we had with all the folks of Get Decked! It serves as a constant reminder to us that there really are good people in this world, that you can indeed have a job done by folks who care, not only about the outcome, but about the entire process. Mike, who set the pace for the entire Get Decked crew, is a master carpenter and perfectionist. It was evident each day that he had “done his homework” the night before; he had everything ready…

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Carol Scanlon

Dear Michael,Sorry it took so long to write how thrilled I am with the deck you built for me. I could not be happier with the design and workmanship of my new deck. I could have easily checked all of the above listed attributes if the system allowed. I hold Mr. Jerminski in high regard and give him superior recommendation. Service Category: Deck BuilderYear Hired: 2013Top Qualities, Great Results, Good Value, High Integrity

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Susan Stephenson

I have to say that you and your husband are probably two of the nicest people I’ve ever worked with and the fact that you build very beautiful decks is icing on the cake! You did it so quickly and with such skill I’m still amazed…I’m so glad I read your ad in the Sunday paper and decided to give you a call :>) Thank you again! I have shown pictures to my family and friends and the first word they say is “WOW!!!” and then “It’s BEAUTIFUL!!!” (I think they remember the monstrosity of a deck that used to…

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The Stapletons, Newark, DE

Mike and Connie,Thank you so very much for the superb craftsmanship. But more importantly for the opportunity to meet you both. You obviously have a passion for your work. You are warm and friendly, that made it writing the checks for he deck not difficult. Especially knowing they were going to you. Thank you again. We will definitely contact you in the future when the need and/or finances present themselves.

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Dave and Karen Halliday, Middletown, DE

Dear Connie and Mike, Our apologies for not getting back to you sooner. We would like to thank you for our awesome screen room! Your recommendations, attention to detail and quality workmanship are most appreciated. We only wish it were warmer to truly enjoy it. We would also like to thank you for your understanding and sensitivity during the loss of our baby grandson. Looking forward to many nights on the porch knowing that a special star is shining upon us. Can’t thank you enough for such a thoughtful tribute. Happy holidays to you and your family. Sincerely,Dave and Karen…

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Gene and Dee Windsor, Newark, DE

Dear Connie & Mike,We love our new deck and porch! Your workmanship is just exceptional! Due to an early spring (perfect timing), we’ve been able to spend quite a bit of time out there. We are kicking ourselves for not doing this years ago! Thank you also for the very special memory of Phyllis. She is in my thoughts every day. Hope our paths cross again!

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Tim and Tracey Sommers

“If it seems to be too good to be true, it probably is.” How many of us have found that saying to be true? Well, let us just say, Get Decked has proven that they are the true exception for that saying. Back in the spring of 2011 we had two other deck companies come out and give us estimates to redo our two story level deck using Azek decking. Both company’s quotes were for keeping the old deck support posts and joists, and simply installing new flooring and railing. My husband and I were not thrilled with the prospect…

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Loc N. Dao R.Ph, MBA

GetDecked is an amazing family-run establishment to do business with. From day one my husband and I were very impressed with their professionalism. We live in an area where it is difficult to get permits approved by the township and GetDecked worked directly with them to ensure that the project would get approved. The timeline for completion of our deck was precise and to our delight was actually completed 1 day early! The GetDecked crew arrived to the job site everyday on-time and after each day of work cleaned up after themselves. Overall, the experience we had with GetDecked was…

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Barbara J. Pawelski Newark, DE

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Jerminski:Our deck is wonderful and we are very thankful that we chose your company. The minor issues we had were addressed in a timely fashion and the workers you sent to fix the problems were efficient, pleasant and very professional. The problems we had with New Castle County inspectors not agreeing on the construction restraints (extra support piers) was a real nuisance and again your company rose to the highest level of customer satisfaction. Get Decked went beyond the normal acceptable building code and did the job to the complete satisfaction of New Castle County Inspection…

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Rachel and Dave Stolzenberg

Thank you very much for your outstanding customer service and quality craftsmanship! We love our new AZEK deck and appreciate all of the time you spent helping us meet the requirements of our Homeowner’s Association. It is clear that you have deck building down to a science. We couldn’t believe the efficiency with which our deck was built. Thank you very much for your hard work. We look forward to enjoying our deck for many years to come! We would highly recommend Get Decked to anyone.

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David & Christine Newton

Hey guys… Even though it’s November, we are sooo glad we had our deck built. We’re out there all weekend now, (and now with the fire pit) all night too! The quality is beyond belief; my neighbors have all made comments. We finished the landscaping we talked to you about, and now it looks like it was built with the house! We got several estimates, and we’re so relieved we didn’t go with the low-baller. Mike got it right away. He didn’t try to over-sell us. We told him what we wanted; he gave us a fair price right there…

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