Mr and Mrs Smith, of Raleigh, NC, faced the same problems other deck owners do. Over the years, the elements as well as their kids and pets took a toll on their backyard deck. The damage and the appearance were bad enough for the Smiths to consider ripping the whole thing up and starting over.
But before taking that drastic step, they spoke with Bob Anderson, owner and president of Cary Deck Restoration in Raleigh, for advice. According to Bob, the Smiths deck was in better shape than many others. "This area of the country is tough on decks," he says. "I'm sometimes asked to replace pressure-treated decks that are less than eight years old." He adds, "Most of these decks are victims of neglect. With regular maintenance, a deck will easily last for twice as long." The good news is that most decks, like this one, can be rejuvenated for a lot less than the cost of replacement.