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BIAW Award 2022

Posted on: 11/29/2022
Should I replace or repair?

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BIAW Award 2022
Written By: Kimberley Martin ~ 11/29/2022



On Thursday night at our BIAW (Building Industry Association of Washington) meeting, I was awarded the Remodeler of the Year for 2022. 


Thank you so much

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Should I replace or repair?
Written By: Kimberley Martin ~ 9/5/2022


You know your deck is not looking good. Or the boards are starting to feel unsecured. Or the railing is wobbly. You have to do something but what?

That answer will depend on the structure of your deck and your budget. If the deck was built in the last 10 years, chances are you can repair it or resurface it without too many issues. However, understand the life of the pressure treated lumber that was probably used is good for about 20 years (based on general statistics). This is not to say some do not last longer but for this post we will go with the accepted norms.

If your deck is more than 10 years old and you plan on using composite decking it is always safest to replace the structure. Residential building codes change about every 2 years, so it is more than likely your existing structure will not meet current codes. This alone is a great reason to replace as the codes change primarily for safety as the industry has more technological advances in hardware.

So replace or repair….your choice….but having a deck specialist come out and review your existing structure may give you your answer.

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Repair or Replace our deck - What to look for
Written By: Kimberley Martin ~ 8/4/2022


What should I look for is the most common question I get asked.

Here are a few items that may indicate that your deck may not be safe and/or need some repair and upgrades:

  • It has soft spots where the deck boards give
  • the deck sways side to side with a few people on it
  • there is some rot in the railing or the railing is wobblily
  • the steps have a lot of bounce to them
  • or my personal favorite – the deck boards have started to come away from the structure underneath.


What should I do is the next important question? If you are handy and have time to review the codes to repair the deck then take the time to do so as soon as possible. If you are like most people and just do not have time or want to take the time – call a licensed contractor (make sure they have experience with decks and deck repair) and get them to come out and take a look. Most will do an initial consultation and estimate at no charge.

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