Decks do not last forever. A strict maintenance strategy will certainly make them last longer, but rotting and splintering is inevitable. The first signs of a deck in disrepair are soft or splintering deck boards, wobbly handrails, and rotting posts. Deck boards and handrails are in plain sight, but it is crucial to check the structure of a deck, where the wood meets the ground. This is where the rotting will most likely occur. If the deck has been built with posts, beams or joist in contact with the soil, the deck could be unsafe within a few years of being built. Please contact Frontiers for a free consultation on your deck. We can determine if your deck is in need of repair, structural upgrade, or even a more cost efficient alternative like a stone patio.