When you consider all the different components that a condo association has to deal with, decks are sort of like the Rodney Dangerfield of the list; they rarely get any respect.
“Decks are definitely something that people don’t pay enough attention to,” says Gustavo De la Cruz, owner of Barrett Contracting, a deck design company in Millstone Township. “Most owners are not informed, or do not make the investment of proper maintenance of their decks.”
Many of New Jersey’s condominium decks were built 10 to 20 years ago, and are now nearing the end of their useful life—especially if they haven’t been maintained properly over the years. This is especially true in coastal towns along the Jersey Shore, where salty sea air can wreak havoc on wood.
Out With the Old
In the current economic climate, most condo boards aren’t thinking about making changes to their decks, especially if nothing is visibly wrong with them. Even with a steady maintenance program however, wooden decks eventually deteriorate and may need to be repaired or replaced. Luckily, a host of new technologies are available to make deck construction and future maintenance a bit easier.
“It’s extremely important not only to have a maintenance program but to realize when you’re planning on building your deck, the maintenance that is going to be required,” says Gary Daley, owner of Deck Builder Custom Decks & Railings in Toms River.