When is the Right Time to Replace Your Decking?

If you’re not sure what to do with your outdoor decking, you’re in the right place. You don’t always need to replace decking, but in some cases it might be necessary. We’re going to talk about it in more detail here, so you know exactly what to do with yours. You may have more options than you think you do. Take a look!

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Could You Replenish Rather than Replace?
In some cases, you could replenish your decking rather than replace it completely. This can save you time, hassle, and money. If you can replenish your decking rather than replace it, I would go for it. It all depends on how worn and damaged your decking is. When it comes to high quality timber decking, you can more than likely replenish it fairly easily with varnish and a sander. It could turn out looking brand new! If you’ve never done anything like it before, you should be able to find somebody to do it for you, or even some tutorials that will give you the confidence to do it yourself. The only time you can’t really replenish timber decking is if you’ve got some serious damage there that can’t be hidden. In most cases, you can replenish the decking. Good news for those with limited time and a small budget!

There are Pieces Missing
If there are pieces missing from your decking, you still don’t need to panic. You may be able to find a few pieces that can easily make the decking whole again, and they shouldn’t be too difficult to install. You could even hide the pieces that are missing with some nice furniture, but you might still feel bugged if you know it’s there.

There are Cracks and Deep Marks
Cracks and deep marks could also be hidden with furniture if you want a really quick and easy way to do it, but if they are all over the decking, you may need to replace. Your only option if you don’t want to replace it is to make it look more worn and try to give it some character, but this works better with flooring rather than outdoor decking. A few deep marks here and there shouldn’t make too much of a difference, but when you start to notice them all over the decking, you may want to consider replacing it.

Will You Need to Redecorate the Whole Area?
The only downside to getting your decking done is that you may need to redecorate the whole area afterwards. You’ll either need to be up for a whole refurb job, or you’ll need to pick some decking that will go just as nicely as the last lot. It all depends on your budget and what kind of look you’re going for.

Well, what are you going to do with your decking? Will you be replacing it, or will you be replenishing it? Leave a comment if you have any tips too; our readers will appreciate them!

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