Your deck is constantly exposed to natural elements, meaning when it rains, snows, or gets windy, your deck, porch, and patio areas bear the brunt. Luckily, deck repair services can get your outdoor area back into shape without you ever needing to learn how to repair a deck yourself.

If you don't have a wood deck but rather a patio, Mr. Handyman® is also here to help. As with decks, patio repairs restore your outdoor living area to its aesthetic glory. Also, repairs help to prevent injuries from uneven surfaces or broken stones.

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When Is It Time for Deck Replacement or Repair?

Don't wait until it's too late for deck or patio repair services. There are clear signs that your outdoor space could use rejuvenation, and promptly addressing the issues can save you from more extensive repairs in the future. 

However, if a deck, porch, or patio has structural damage, even a professional repair may not be enough. In this case,  a new deck, patio, or other outdoor space may be a better option. 

Here are some of the most common reasons it might be time to repair or replace a deck or patio with Mr. Handyman:

Deck Issues

Patio Issues

  • Rotting or loose deck boards
  • Weak or rusting railings
  • Sagging beams or posts
  • Cracking or warping boards
  • Rusting nails or other hardware
  • Uneven or cracked surfaces
  • Loose paving stones
  • Drainage problems
  • Cracks or holes
  • Worn or faded surfaces

Deck Repair Services We Offer

The most common deck repairs typically involve deteriorating wood or fasteners, while patios require replacement pavers or slabs. Whether your outdoor space needs cosmetic help or a structural change, Mr. Handyman is here to help. We offer the following deck and patio repair services:

  • Deck and patio structural repairs: These repairs help to ensure your deck or patio is safe, and may include replacing beams, posts, or other structural components.
  • Board and fastener replacement: We replace rotten boards and rusty fasteners, leaving no room for compromise on the sturdiness of your deck or patio.
  • Cleaning and power washing: These processes remove dirt, grime, and mildew, restoring the look of your deck or patio.
  • Deck staining and sealing: Stain your deck to protect the wood from weather and wear.
  • Ornamental deck skirting: Add a decorative covering to hide the underside of your deck and keep out animals.
  • Patio or deck expansion: Enlarge your outdoor space to create more room for outdoor entertaining.
  • Material-specific repairs: We fix problems specific to your deck's material, including composite or wood deck repairs and concrete or paver patio repairs.
  • Railing repairs: We help to ensure your deck's railings are safe and secure to prevent falls.

How Much Are Average Deck Repair Costs?

Many factors affect a deck or porch repair, including the extent of damage, type of construction, and material used to construct the deck. The typical repair cost for a deck is around $800 to $3,000, with the national average under $2,000. 

The deck size, permitting expenses, material costs, and even the weather can all affect deck repair costs. The national average cost for patio repair comes in at quite a bit less at around $750. Still, the cost can vary considerably based on the type of patio you have, such as pavers or slabs.

No matter what kind of damage or deck, porch, or patio you have, Mr. Handyman will help you choose the best solution for you. Depending on the extent of damage and total cost, compare repair versus replacement costs to make the best decision for your home and wallet.

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What Deck Maintenance Tasks Should I Complete?

The best way to care for your deck or patio is to be proactive. Don't wait until something breaks or wears down to address it. Perform regular patio or deck repair maintenance to keep your outdoor space looking good. Here are a few deck maintenance tasks you should complete:

  • Sweeping (weekly): Keep dirt and debris off your deck or patio. This can help to prevent staining and rot, as well as reduce slip hazards.
  • Cleaning (yearly): Clean your outdoor deck or patio using a home garden hose and mild detergent for tough spots.
  • Inspection (yearly): Get up and close with your deck or patio, checking for broken boards or fasteners. If you’re not sure what to look for, a professional can always be of great help.
  • Deck staining (as needed): To protect your wood boards from the elements, restain your deck every one to three years. Staining during the appropriate time of year is key to a successful job.

DIY Deck Structural Repair

Do not attempt DIY structural repairs on your deck or patio. Both structures are weight-bearing, and any repairs not appropriately completed could lead to personal injury and more expensive repairs down the line. 

Plus, work typically needs to meet local deck building codes; otherwise, you could face a fine or the need to replace the entire structure to meet regulations.

Some deck or patio issues may appear as surface problems but hide more severe damage underneath. A trained service professional can adequately identify issues and solutions.

Homeowners can still follow DIY deck maintenance tips to keep their deck in good condition and perform light fixes, such as tightening screws or nails. But for repairs that could affect the overall structure, call in a pro.

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Trust Mr. Handyman With Deck Repair

Deciding whether you should repair versus replace your aging or damaged deck or patio is easier with help from your local experts at Mr. Handyman. 

Our team is staffed with home improvement professionals who have an average of 10 years of experience in home repairs, maintenance, and remodeling. Our experience means we know how to repair or replace your patio or deck right the first time and guarantee it’s done right the first time.

Our years on the job also mean that once we assess your project, we’ll have a plan on how to get it done right, with no wasted time or delays.

Find Deck Repair Near You

Most locally owned and operated Mr. Handyman locations provide deck repair, patio repair, and other exterior home services. When you need help around the house, from home maintenance to room additions, it's easy to find a Mr. Handyman near you. We'll be happy to tell you all about the services available in your neighborhood and how we can help improve your home.

We can also repair your deck and patio fixtures, including fire pits, built-in barbecues, sitting areas, and more! We'll also put the perfect finishing touch on your new or repaired project with a fresh coat of paint or stain.

Call us when you need porch, deck, or patio repairs, and we'll guarantee it’s done right the first time with our Neighborly Done Right Promise™.


Taking care of your outdoor patio or deck is necessary, and it's natural to have a few questions along the way. Here are answers to the most frequently asked questions we receive from homeowners.

How do you replace deck boards? 

Here’s how to replace deck boards: First, you'll need to remove the old board—a pry bar can help with this process. Next, cut a new board to the same size as the old one and stain it if required to match your deck. Finally, install it by pre-drilling pilot holes and then putting screws through the new board into the existing joists. 

This can be difficult for many homeowners. Contact the team at Mr. Handyman for help and rely on their decades of experience.

What decking materials last the longest?

Exotic hardwood is the best (and most expensive) choice for your deck, as its density stands up to rot, insects, and harsh weather. Alternatively, we suggest looking into PVC decking, which can last 50 years or more. Composite decking is also a strong contender, lasting up to 30 years with proper care.

Is it cheaper to repair or replace a deck?

It is usually cheaper to repair your deck if the repairs are minor, such as replacing boards or rusty hardware. However, if your deck has suffered widespread damage, significant structural damage, or is reaching the end of its lifespan, you may need to replace it. Contact a service professional for a thorough recommendation and pricing.

Can a wood deck be restored?

If your deck is still structurally sound, it can generally be restored. The restoration process involves cleaning your deck, sanding it down to create a smooth surface, and applying a new stain or sealant. During the process, we recommend you inspect the deck and make minor repairs if needed. Alternatively, you can turn to a pro to carry out the entire process for you.

How often should you replace your deck?

How often you should replace your deck depends on its material. Wood decks typically need to be replaced every 10-15 years, while composite decks can last 25-30 years. If you have a PVC deck, it can even last a half-century.

What time of year should you build a deck?

You should build a new deck in the spring or summer, as the warmer weather allows for faster drying of applied materials, such as stains or sealants. Autumn is also an option, but construction should be done quickly before winter. Some building codes may even limit deck construction during the winter, so always check with your local municipality before beginning.

How long before you can walk on a deck?

Once your contractor says your deck is structurally sound, you can walk on it. If your deck was recently stained or sealed, you'll want to wait at least four to six hours before walking on it and, at minimum, a full day before placing heavy outdoor furniture, such as a grill or table, on it.

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