The people who built this deck didn't think to use treated material, so it rotted. We haven't decided if we want to replace it with another deck, or maybe a patio. Patio seems more likely.
We started demolition yesterday. The parts of the boards closest to the house are the some of the most rotted. It is a low deck, so going to patio isn't as a big a deal as it might seem.
The photo to the right shows where we patched with big blocks. The joists under that area are not in as bad shape. If we had put those blocks in the area pictured on the right, they probably would have gone right through.
The deck was also painted with an outdoor paint that really shouldn't be used for decks. We did repaint it a couple years ago, but it didn't really help. If we do put a new deck on, it will not be painted.
Construction Junction, a building material reuse center here in Pittsburgh. They have a scrap metal bin that we hope will allow our bucket o' nails.
Once we get the deck off, we will study the area and make a decision about whether we want another deck, or a patio. I like the idea of patio because it seems more cozy. Our back yard is steeply sloped, so with a patio we will sit lower and have less view of the development well behind us. The photo on the left shows how high the back yard is (and also the rather nasty water issue we have up there!) and I think a patio will make the back of the house less plain, too. That tall evergreen thing is going. I never liked that tree.
Posted by Bonnie Jeanne