Sunny summer days are here at last! No more being cooped up inside like you were all winter long. And now that the weather is warming up, it’s time to start thinking about the best part of summertime: backyard cookouts! If you’ve got a deck in your backyard, you know it’s the perfect hangout for family and friends while you grill up a piping hot plate full of succulent barbecue ribs.


There’s nothing quite like watching the kids play while Bruno Mars plays on the radio, a cold glass of lemonade in your hand. But before you call everyone over, it’s a good idea to make sure your deck is in good enough shape for all that company. In this guide, our team at The Construction Group in Maplewood tells you what you need to know when deciding if it’s time to replace your deck.


1.      Is the wood damaged?

Examine your deck for signs of wood damage. If the wood on your existing deck is damaged, it’s time to consider replacing it. Broken and missing boards can be a serious hazard and even a liability if you’ve got company visiting. Improperly treated wood can end up rotting over time, which can compromise the integrity of the deck and create a risk as well. Moisture, mold, and other problems are also indicators of a problem.


2.      Is it functional for your needs?

It’s possible to have a beautiful deck that simply doesn’t meet your needs. Perhaps your family has grown in size. Or you may wish to place a hot tub or large grill on your deck. We can also build seating and plants into the deck or create a handicap accessible ramp. Whatever your needs, we can create a plan to suit them and make a custom deck that works perfectly for your family and home.


3.      Are you happy with the look?

Even if your deck works well for your family and is still in good shape, if you’re not happy with the look, it may be time to consider replacing it with something else. Maybe you don’t like the style or it doesn’t work well with the architecture of your home. We can help you design a look that you’ll love and make your dreams a reality.


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Summer is just starting, and a great deck could mean the difference between an amazing cookout and an injury that puts a damper on everyone’s summer fun. If your old deck is falling apart, don’t take a chance with your family’s safety.


Visit our project gallery online to get some fantastic ideas for your home. When you’re ready, call our team of Maplewood carpentry contractors by calling us at 651-731-5857 or contact us to get a free estimate and get your deck project started.