How Much Does It Cost to Replace Decking?

One of the sweetest moments of spring or summer is the first time the weather gets nice enough for you to enjoy your deck again. Unfortunately, that feeling is often accompanied by a less-pleasant experience: seeing the repairs your deck needs.

Spring deck maintenance doesn’t have to be a downer. The cost of repairing or replacing decking can range from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars, depending on the size of your deck and the extent of the repairs needed. No matter your deck situation, DecksDirect makes it easy to plan for your deck repairs - and to set up your deck to need less maintenance in the future. Call our team at 1-888-824-5316 for free deck planning advice!

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Planning For Deck Repairs

One of the most surefire cures for the summertime, work-inside-all-day blues is spending time outside on your deck. With a cool drink in hand, and your favorite music floating on the breeze, quality moments on your deck can help remind you what summer is really all about.

But looking down at the cracked deck boards, warped decking, or grayed lumber below may just stress you out more than calm your mind. Luckily, the summer is still young, and there is plenty of time left in this warm season to remove old deck boards and replace old decking with a new and improved look.

A completely new deck for your family's home, whether a DIY deck build or an out-of-pocket deck build by a professional deck contractor, can be a serious investment. In many cases, a simple deck repair or deck renovation can be a great economical choice to help keep your deck in tip-top shape. Deck repair is a common home improvement project that increases the overall value of your home as well as adds more years of enjoyment to your outdoor living space.

Decks can need repair for many reasons, from structural hardware damage to a cosmetic deck renovation. For many DIY deck builders, trying to repair your own deck can be an inexpensive option for a deck makeover. If, however, you have little experience with deck carpentry, you will definitely save time and money by hiring a professional deck builder to update your deck.

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Deck Repair and Deck Board Replacement Costs

General Cost to Repair a Deck

         From a 2022 HomeAdvisor study

In 2022, general deck repairs typically run anywhere between $790 and $3042. Within that range, your total cost will depend on labor costs in your area, decking materials, the type of damage, the condition of your deck railing, and whether mold, rot, or mildew exists.

This range includes the possibilities of having to rebuild an entire deck frame, renovating the deck railing, and much more. So the actual price of just removing and replacing decking will generally lean on the lower end of this cost range. This is especially the case for DIY deck builds where the homeowner is able to remove old decking themselves and replace the deck boards with all necessary deck fasteners and hardware.

Cost to Remove Deck Boards

Most deck owners can expect to pay between $5 and $10 per square foot for removing decking. A few factors that can drive up costs: multi-story decks, decks featuring intricate deck board patterns and layouts, or those outdoor spaces with heavy components like metal railing.

Deck Repair Cost

A common deck repair project is to replace or update the floor planks on the deck. While replacing a single broken deck board could be as inexpensive as a few dollars, depending upon the decking material, updating the entire floor with new deck boards such as Cedar deck boards, hardwood decking, or composite decking could cost thousands. A typical deck board flooring upgrade averages about $1,000 in cost.

Decking Material Costs

  • Pressure Treated Wood: Between $1.60 to $2.00 per square foot.
  • Cedar Deck Boards: Between $3 to $6 per square foot.
  • Redwood Deck Boards: Between $10 to $15 per square foot.
  • Ipe Deck Boards: Between $10 to $20 per square foot.
  • Composite Deck Boards: Between $12 to $22 per square foot.

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Deck Fastener Replacement Cost

To find out the cost of replacing your deck fasteners, we recommend speaking with a deck designer at 1-888-824-5316! From galvanized steel deck screws, to hidden deck fasteners from top brands such as CAMO Hidden Fasteners, Tiger Claw Hidden Deck Fasteners, composite deck screws, and more. We'll help you find the perfect deck board fastener for your deck board replacement project and then find the cost for your exact space -- FOR FREE!

Save On Repairs Over The Life Of Your Deck: Go Low-Maintenance

Deck enjoyment is amazing. Deck maintenance… not so much. So at DecksDirect, we’re committed to finding ways to help customers spend more time enjoying their decks, and less time repairing and maintaining them.

That’s why we seek out the best in low-maintenance decking materials. If you’re replacing your deck surface, we recommend using either composite decking, PVC decking, or mineral-based composite decking - that’ll create a more durable, longer-lasting deck, so you won’t have to replace your boards again for decades to come.

Composite Decking

Composite deck boards are made from a combination of natural wood fibers and synthetic plastics. The result is a board that looks and feels like natural wood, but weathers the elements much better and never requires staining. Composite boards resist insect damage and water damage (including mold and mildew) - plus they don’t crack, splinter, or warp over time. We carry the industry’s largest in-stock selection of Trex decking, the top brand in composite deck boards, so you can have your choice of looks and styles that all ship fast.

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PVC Decking

PVC decking is 100% synthetic, with no wood fibers in the mix. That makes the boards especially water-resistant and completely resistant to mold and mildew. For decks in rainy environments or near water (like a pool, lake, or ocean), PVC is an excellent choice.

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Mineral-Based Composite Decking

Mineral-based composite decking, sometimes called MBC decking, is a futuristic version of composite decking that’s designed to hold its dimensions especially well even in shifting temperatures. With virtually no thermal expansion or contraction, mineral-based boards keep your fasteners especially secure long-term, saving you from boards that creak or sink as you walk.

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For more in-depth deck framing and building information, read our Decks 101: Deck Framing Guide to become a true deck construction pro and wow your family, friends and guests these spring and summer seasons ahead!

The more you know, the better your deck and backyard projects will be! Whether you're looking at a brand new start or a fresh end-of-season deck renovation, give our deck designers a call at 1-888-824-5316 or send us an email at Our deck experts will help you get the information, products, and tools you need for a gorgeous deck that you created and designed!