10 Surefire Signs You Need a New Deck

Are you avoiding admitting that you need a new sundeck?

Waiting too long for a deck renovation is a dangerous game. Aged and unmaintained decks pose serious safety risks and the likelihood of failure increases the longer you delay. 

Whether your deck is dangerous (or just more of an eyesore) these are ten irrefutable signs that your sundeck has reached the end of its lifespan:

1 – Spongy Spots

Areas of your deck that are soft underfoot are tell-tale of rot. If rot is apparent at the surface of the deck, your risk of falling through is real. If rot persists to the support structures of the deck, complete deck collapse is possible. This is the worst-case-scenario for a neglected deck, so take those spongy spots seriously!

2 – Leaks

If your deck should be waterproof, but you’re seeing signs of leakage like water spots, mold, or drywall softness, you’ve got a problem. Over time, seams and seals weather and can allow water ingress. Regular cleaning and maintenance will prolong the life of your deck, but once it’s spring a leak, repair or replacement is inevitable.

3 – Cloudy Railing Glass

Glass railings are a beautiful and functional design feature for sundecks. Glass can make smaller decks feel larger, and allows you to see the beautiful landscape and ocean views better. Overtime calcium and lime can build up on glass and plexiglass can cloud, hindering the benefits of glass railings. While you can usually clean buildup from glass, clouded plexiglass will need replacement to remedy the issue.

4 – Faded and Stained

Older decking materials like uncapped composite and traditional wood are susceptible to fading from UV exposure. In areas with tree cover, pine needles and leaves are notorious for prematurely aging decks with irreversible stains. While a stained deck will likely be safe and functional, it may be an eyesore worth curing. Once you refinish the deck, regular cleaning can ward off weathering.  

5 – Age (Yours)

Just like decks have an expiration date, your willingness and ability to maintain them does, too. High-maintenance decking like timber can be traded-in for low maintenance alternatives like Duradek and capped composite.

6 – Growing Family

As your family grows, so should your deck. Making memories on the porch is something every parent should enjoy with their children. Some materials are better than others, like slip resistant, splinter-free vinyl decks. They’re also one of the more affordable options for a young family.

7 – Selling your home

In a competitive real estate market, a dodgy deck can be seen by potential home buyers as more of a liability than an asset. Make the best impression with a simple deck facelift. Chances are, you’ll regain your investment tenfold.

8 – Shaking, Wobbling, and Sagging

It doesn’t take a pro to know that signs of an unstable deck are serious. Unsecured footings, loose joints, and degraded materials spell trouble. Even newer and well-built decks can be victim to settling and shifting that may compromise a deck’s integrity. Bring in a contractor immediately to inspect any deck that shows signs of instability.

9 – Age (the Deck’s)

The average deck will last 10-25 years, depending on the quality of materials that are used and the maintenance practices. As most deck’s support structures are made from wood, even with chemical sealants and coatings, any organic material will degrade over time. Like changing a timing belt in your car, consider redoing your deck before you run into any major issues.

10 – It’s Spring or Fall

The peak season for sundeck contractors is summer time. During these three months of the year, contractors will often do 80% or more of their business. That means that they’re very busy during summer, but the other nine months of the year are much slower. As a matter of supply and demand, during slower times of the year, you’ll get the best builders at the lowest prices.


If your deck needs some TLC, fill out the form below or call 604-786-3325 to speak with a Citywide Sundecks expert.


Citywide Sundecks

Citywide Sundecks

We pride ourselves on our expertise in quality decks and railings for all kinds of homes and venues. Not only are we the top Duradek distributor in the region, but we are also known for offering a wide variety of the latest decking solutions to suit every taste.


  • “Paul and his team are wonderful to work with. Our high expectations and unusual detailed challenges were met with enthusiasm. Another job well done.”

    – Drew, Billingsley Construction

  • “My wife and I were very happy with Citywide’s work on our sundeck. Their crew was very professional, courteous and efficient, and completed the work exactly as they said they would. When I pointed out a minor error in their work on our house siding, they immediately acknowledged the issue and corrected it with no argument. We would definitely recommend Citywide to our family, friends and anyone else that needs their decks re-surfaced. Thanks Paul / Citywide!”

    Doug and Audrey – Burnaby

  • “Citywide is a professional company to work with regarding our deck project.  Very reliable, timely results and good customer service. We are very satisfied with the outcome.”

    Karl G – Vancouver

  • “I would recommend Citywide for roofing repairs and Vinyl decks. I appreciated the personalized service and efficient workers. Thanks Paul.”

    Tony W. – Vancouver

  • My experience with Paul and his Citywide Sundeck crew has been nothing but positive. They are on time and completely professional and able to offer solutions to complicated waterproofing challenges.

    Joe C. – Vancouver

  • I’m a general contractor in the lower mainland. I contacted Paul to help us re-vinyl a deck that used to be fiberglass. GREAT customer service, the job was professionally done by 2 of his crew members. When I called 4 other companies to look at the job, no one came or called back. Paul was attentive to our needs & was able to squeeze us in with a 2-3 day lead time.   Thank you so much for your consistent attention to detail, professionalism, & continuous strive for quality.

    Steve – New Westminster

  • Hard working and respectful crew. Deck turned out great. I would recommend Citywide to others who are considering building or replacing their deck.

    Vito – North Vancouver

  • Two years ago we hired Citywide to renovate our sundeck and back porch. We were very happy with the results and we are enjoying them every day. Last month we had them renovate our front stairs and walkway. The result exceeded our expectation. Now our front entrance looks good enough to welcome a queen! I like Paul’s workers they are friendly and able. Also, Paul is one of the most organized and punctual people I have ever known. We have had a lot of problems with tradesmen in the past. It’s nice to know Paul for a change.

    Sadako – Burnaby

  • I had Citywide Sundecks replace the 28 year old Duradeck sheeting with the similar material on my sundeck. The job was completed in one and a half days to my complete satisfaction. The deck looks like new with all the joints and seams glued and heat treated to ensure maximum waterproofing. Stainless steel screws were used throughout in reinstalling the original aluminum railings and stairs to ensure longevity and improved appearances. When the job was completed the installers cleaned up the work site. I was impressed and pleased with this Citywide crew. They were professional.

    Stephen – Richmond

  • We had our hot tub and sundeck replaced this summer. Citywide Sundecks did a wonderful job of the vinyl deck. The installation was complicated by the fact that the hot tub was sunk into the deck and the glass railings had to be removed and replaced. The job was done in a timely manner with great efficiency. We truly appreciated the skill of the workmanship, the attention to detail and the concern for aesthetics.

    McBride – Coquitlam

  • Paul and his team did excellent work with attention to detail. The work was done quickly and we are very happy with the result.

    Lora – North Vancouver

  • Great service and a fair price for the work. Delivered on all their promises and even did a nice job cleaning up. I would definitely recommend them.

    R. B. – Vancouver

  • Amazing service. Friendly, prompt, really good product. The installers are wonderful and skilled, friendly. I really would recommend this company. I like the range of products they offer and they took time to explain all my options.

    A. R. – Vancouver

  • We were very surprised when we were told that they were able to start working on the project within a week of us signing our contract. We were kept updated of progress and appreciated being contacted by Paul to see how they were doing and if we had any questions. The work was completed quickly and efficiently. The fellows who did the work were friendly and cleaned up after they had finished for the day. We were very happy and have referred them to our friends.

    Courtland C. – Delta

  • Paul and his crew were hired to rebuild a terrible deck that was built last year. Citywide Sundecks isn’t the cheapest, but they did the job right and on time, and it comes with a 10 year warranty. We should have gone with hie the first time around.

    Job P. – Surrey

  • Paul and his crew did a great job of taking care of us. We had to replace a deck and deal with some water issues above and below the deck, all which was behind the stucco. This work has been completed and we are very happy. Paul and the crew kept me informed throughout. They were very easy to deal with and answered all my questions as the work progressed. All this was done at what I thought was a fair price.

    Andy Stephens. – Surrey

  • Very happy with our Duradek job.  It was installed exactly as discussed and Paul made sure that we were completely satisfied.

    Rene B. – Vancouver

  • We are very pleased with the restoration project completed by Citywide Sundecks and Railings during the summer of 2015. The beautiful new sundeck was rebuilt in a very professional manner and the installed aluminum railings were a real upgrade on our original wooden ones. We are so glad that we contracted CWS as they were terrific to deal with and they provided quality work from start to finish.

    Bruce & Loreen S. – Richmond

  • I live in Prince George and contacted Paul at Citywide Sundecks to enquire about installing Duradek at my 85-year-old mother’s house in New Westminster. Paul kept us informed every step of the way. His crew was professional and hard working. They completed the job as agreed and ahead of schedule, even throwing in a few extras for my mum at no cost! My mother was very pleased with the outcome and happy to be enjoying her new deck.

    Leanne M. – Prince George

  • We were in a rush to get our sundeck stairs repaired. Paul was very accommodating and had the stairs replaced very quickly. The quality of work was excellent! I would highly recommend Citywide Sundecks.

    Linda & Rob M. – Delta

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