Is It Cheaper to Repair or Replace a Deck?

Whether you end up repairing or replacing a deck depends on several factors, such as the age and material of your deck, the extent and location of the rotted damage, and your budget and preferences. When it comes to older decks, if the cost of the repair is more than half the cost of a deck replacement, replacing the deck may be your best option. 

However, if the damage is minor or cosmetic, such as splintering, fading, or small cracks, you may be able to repair it by hiring a professional from GotRot in Seattle, WA to do it for you. Let us stop by your house and have a look, we may be able to offer different options to bring your deck back to life. Call us today.

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What Are Some Common Reasons Why Deck Wood Goes Bad?

Some common reasons why deck wood goes bad are:

Rot and Decay

This is caused by microscopic organisms like mold and fungus that feed on the wood and break down its fibers. Dry rot and decay can be prevented by using rot-resistant wood, pressure-treated wood, or protective stains. Rot and decay can also be avoided by keeping the deck dry and well-ventilated.

Insect Damage

This is caused by wood-eating insects like termites and ants that bore into the wood and weaken its structure. Insect damage can be prevented by using insect-resistant wood, pressure-treated wood, or insecticides. Insect damage can also be detected by looking for small holes or sawdust on the wood surface. When termites grab hold of your deck, the only option may be a full deck replacement, call us to find out.


This is caused by metal fasteners, connectors, or joists that corrode due to moisture and oxygen exposure. Rusting can compromise the strength and stability of the deck. Rusting can be prevented by using galvanized or stainless-steel hardware, or by applying anti-rust coatings. Rusting can also be detected by looking for reddish-brown stains or flakes on the metal parts.


Cracking is caused by the wood drying too quickly or unevenly, or by exposure to extreme temperatures or sunlight resulting in dry rot. Cracking can reduce the aesthetic appeal and durability of the wood. Cracking can be prevented by using kiln-dried wood, applying protective stains, or avoiding direct sunlight. Cracking can also be repaired by filling the cracks with wood filler or epoxy.


Warping is caused by the wood bending or twisting out of shape due to differences in moisture content, grain direction, or growth stresses. Warping can appear when there is a nearby leak dripping water onto the wood. 

Warping can make the deck uneven and unstable. Warping can be prevented by using straight-grained wood, applying protective stains, or installing proper bracing and fastening. Warping can also be corrected by replacing the warped boards or applying pressure to straighten them.

How Do I Inspect My Deck for Damage?

To inspect your deck for damage, you should look at several areas of your deck, such as the ledger board, the support posts, the joists, the deck boards, the railings, and the stairs. You should check for signs of dry rot, insect damage, rusting, cracking, splintering, warping, or loosening, or if the water has been damaged by a leak. 

You can use a screwdriver or a pick to test the wood for softness or decay. You can also look for small holes or sawdust that indicate insect infestation. If you find any damage that affects the stability or safety of your deck, you should look into having it repaired as soon as possible. Call the professionals at GotRot for an estimate and get it looking like new.

The Benefits of Having a Waterproof Deck

Waterproofing a deck involves cleaning, repairing, sanding, and applying a sealant to the wood surface. This can help protect the deck from water damage, mold, rot, and weathering. Waterproofing a deck can also improve its appearance, durability, and safety. You should waterproof your deck every one to three years depending on the weather and the condition of the wood.

When you waterproof a deck, you create a barrier that prevents water from penetrating the wood and causing damage. This can extend the life of your deck and prevent issues like warping, cracking, rotting, and mold growth. Waterproofing a deck can also enhance its appearance by preventing fading, discoloration, and stains. Additionally, waterproofing a deck can make it safer by reducing the risk of slips and falls due to wet or slippery surfaces.

No matter what issue you are experiencing with your deck, the professionals at GotRot are ready to help. Let us stop by your house, inspect your deck, and offer the right solution. Get started today by calling us to schedule a no-obligation estimate for your project.

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