Examine the posts
The posts are always a good place to examine first, water is likely to pool here which can lead to them rotting. If you do start to see signs of damage and rot, then you should replace the decking as soon as possible.
Check the joists
Equally as important as the posts are the joists. If you notice the wood is quite soft and you can push a screwdriver in without much force then it is time to replace the decking before any structural damage occurs.
Check the screws
Another good indication on the health of your decking is to examine the nails and screws holding it together. Water easily pools here, which can then damage the wood, so if you are seeing signs of damage and rot around these areas then it will need replacing.
If you are noticing that your decking feels soft and almost spongy when you walk on it then it is a sign that there could be significant water damage and rot, so it is likely in need of a full replacement.
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