Deck question

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Posted by: from Saskatoon
7/1/2017 at 9:48:22 PM

I have an existing deck. The top needs to be replaced, but everything underneath is still good. Do I have to replace it all or can I just put a new top on it?

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Karl from KGR Renovations in Winnipeg
Date/Time7/1/2017 at 11:18:47 PM

Yes you can just replace the decking and this would be a good time to replace anything else if needed. Have fun

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Dave from Crown Choice in Nanaimo
Date/Time7/2/2017 at 12:55:01 AM

Yes it is possible.

How ever in my experience once the top is off you will find more rot. make sure that everything is solid before installing a new top.

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Henry from Rcgcreno in Toronto
Date/Time7/2/2017 at 5:09:44 AM

Happy Canada Day!

Hello you can just replace the top of the deck but look at the bottom to see if the deck is still in good condition.

Good luck!



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Date/Time7/2/2017 at 10:56:20 AM

You can defiantly just replace the top. I have done many of them that way.

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Date/Time7/2/2017 at 12:27:01 PM

We are professional deck builders and we are knowledgeable on this subject. You can just put new top boards on the deck as long as the structure is still solid. If it is a floating deck that is built on deck blocks I would recommend levelling the deck after the existing top boards have been removed. You can use shims between the posts and deck blocks to re-level the deck if it is no longer level.

I recommend a thorough inspection of all the connections of the joists and beams when the deck boards are removed. Quite often a deck frame looks solid but the joints have become weak with a bit of wood rot. Give a moderately strong tap to all the connections around the frame to make sure that they are still strong. If the structure was made with screws you may be surprised at how easy they come apart. Get rid of wood rot and weak connections and use framing nails to refasten the new connections. If the deck has lag bolts from the joists to the posts and the deck is supported only by the lag bolts it is a good time to replace the lag bolts and properly support the joists or beams so the load is not carried by only lag bolts which can eventually shear and lead to a deck collapse. It would be a shame to put new top boards on only to have the deck structure fail prematurely.

For a little bit of time now you may save a lot of time and money in the future.

Good luck.

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Emilio from The Fence® Homes in Toronto
Date/Time7/2/2017 at 1:09:13 PM

Hello and Happy 150!

Yes it can be done as long as all the supporting components are good. It can save time and depending on the material the cost can be more effective.

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Date/Time7/3/2017 at 5:33:51 PM

yes you can replace the top.

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