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Fairfax VA Deck Builder: 5 Ways to Tell Your Deck Needs to Be Replaced

All good things eventually come to an end – including your deck. Fairfax deck builder, NOVA Deck Dr, says that there are 5 ways to tell when your deck needs to be replaced.

  1. Problems with the deck ledger board: the ledger board attaches the deck to your house, and a problem with the ledger board is the most common cause of total deck collapse. If you see a space where the ledger board is supposed to connect the deck to the house, don’t allow anyone to step on the deck. Call NOVA Deck Dr right away.
  2. The Deck Structure is sagging: overtime, the elements can cause deck boards to warp. Heavy objects such as hot tubs or huge grills can also cause your deck to sag. If caught early, some sagging and other warping can be corrected. If not, this signals that it’s time to replace your deck.
  3. When there are significant signs of rotting and decay: water that pools or hits your deck causes rotting and decay (including dangerous mold). Wood changes color when it decays, and decaying wood feels spongy when you walk on it. Decay can also be determined with a screw driver; if you can stick a screwdriver into the wood, and it goes in ¼ inch or more, you’ve got wood rot.
  4. Evidence of wood destroying insects: termites can do a lot of damage quickly. A small part of the deck may be able to be replaced; but once you’ve got a termite infestation, it’s probably too late to save your deck. You can tell you may have termites if you see one or more of the following: tunnels in the wood, wings on the deck (termites shed their wings), soft springy floor boards or wood that sounds hollow, and fecal pellets (which look like sand).
  5. Corrosion of metal connectors or fasteners: a few of these could be replaced, but when you see corrosion throughout your deck, it’s time to replace the deck.

The best way to know if your deck can be repaired or needs to be replaced is to have your deck inspected by Fairfax deck builder, NOVA Deck Dr. Our complete deck specialists will be happy to inspect your deck for free, and provide you with an estimate on repairing or replacing your Fairfax VA deck. Please contact NOVA Deck Dr online today or call 703-864-0550.


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Northern Virginia Deck Testimonials

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We have just had the pleasure of having Deck Doctor build and complete our deck. After interviewing many local contractors, we were impressed by Jesse's knowledge, his preparation for our meeting and his professionalism. We received so much misinformation and outright dishonesty from others, that our meeting with him was a sheer pleasure and frankly a breath of fresh air. He not only acquired the building permits but went to the extra trouble of pulling the plat for Fairfax County. They began building our deck the same day as the permit was granted, and finished in two days and clean up was spotless. We are delighted by the quality of the materials and workmanship. Many contractors could take a lesson in how Deck Doctor goes about doing business and we give the highest recommendations to Deck Doctor.

Mr. & Mrs. Peter J
Arlington, VA


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Dealing with The Deck Doctor was a pleasure from our first contact with Jesse and his team to the final completion of our new deck. We initially selected The Deck Doctor because of their unique designs and their superior ability to discuss what they were going to do and how they were going to do it. Once we started the process with them, it could not have gone better. They made it the easiest home improvement project we have ever done. They took care of every detail, everything was completed exactly when they said it would be, and for exactly what they said it would cost. Everyone who worked on the project was extremely polite and took great care to minimize impact to the rest of our yard. The Deck Doctor put on our Trex Transcends deck in some very cold weather this February and despite the snow they still maintained their initial completion date.

Now that the deck is done it is beautiful. We love the workmanship and just being able to sit out in the back of our house with friends and grill out. This company truly has our gold star approval for professionalism and quality of work.

Sharon J.
Arlington, VA


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I recently had Deck Doctor replace a deck for me in Northern Virginia and was extremely pleased with the whole process. They provided me a number of options in the deck design and after reviewing the proposal I decide to go with a combination wood and composite deck.

This new deck was put on a property I own in Caroline County, VA and they were willing to drive the extra distance to complete this project at no extra cost. The Deck Doctor crew worked clean and made sure all debris was removed upon completion. They even added a "sunburst" pattern to the deck railing at the entrance to give it a more inviting look.

I would definitely recommend the Deck Doctor for all deck installation, refinishing and staining.

Scott H.
Alexandria, VA




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Now that the deck is done, it is beautiful. We love the workmanship and just being able to sit out in the back of our house with friends and grill out. This company truly has our gold star approval for professionalism and quality of work.

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