Our deck needs some TLC. We weighed the options of replacement and share 9 Helpful Hints we learned about replacing lumber on your deck.
The past few weeks have been nothing but grueling labor as we tore up our old deck and replaced the rotten boards with shiny new ones.
After debating on whether or not to replace them, we finally decided that if a couple of the boards were rotten, then they were probably all rotten.
Our suspicions were confirmed as we pulled up one rotten board with another.
By doing some research and talking to the experts at Birmingham Decking & Fencing Pro, we did some accurate measuring.
The cost of each board was considerably less than we had initially thought.
We purchased the standard pressure treated 12-foot board for approximately $6.00 per board.
Here are a few tricks and helpful hints that I have learned along the way.
Measure more than once to ensure you do not purchase more than you need.
Research the different types of products and speak to a salesperson.
They will help you determine the right product for your needs.
While picking out lumber, look for the boards that feel wet to the touch.
The drier the board, the more likely the board will be warped and cracked.
Scrutinize each board, avoiding any boards that are warped, cracked, or have excessive knots.
If you do happen to purchase a slightly warped board, it is possible to straighten it out while you are nailing the board into place.
This is not difficult if you have more than one person.
However, keep in mind that most stores will let you exchange any boards if you are not satisfied.
Pay attention to spacing as you lay down your new boards.
Using a deck spacer will ensure consistent spacing between each board.
Not only will this make your deck look more professional, but it will also allow for proper drainage, which will protect against rotting.
Purchase nails that are made explicitly for decks.
Stainless steel nails are the best option, but you can also use galvanized nails (a more economical choice).
The nails should be approximately 2 – 3 inches in length and should be grooved, not straight.
Nails can be expensive, be sure you include the cost of nails while calculating the cost of your project.
We used 3 (5lb) boxes of nails, which cost about $15.00/box.
If you purchase treated lumber, you must allow time for the boards dry before painting or sealing.
However, do not allow the boards to “weather” for more than 30 days without sealing.
Make certain you seal the boards completely. Don’t forget the edges, front, back, and the ends of the lumber.
This is especially important when sealing fences and decks.
This process has taken us several weeks to complete, and as we hammered the last board into place, I was overwhelmed with a wave of relief.
Although there is still long ways to go until we are finished with the deck, the hardest part is now behind us, and we can move forward with the painting.
The Finished deck after boards have been replaced.
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