We expected damage, but not as much as shown by the structural parts shown here. The ends of the joists looked awful:
Not to be outdone, the aprons (rails?) between the support posts showed terrible damage. Carpenter ants did their thing, unrelentingly:
Many boards showed this damage:
As a result, it was time to consider total replacement. I asked Dave to prepare a new materials estimate, to include a complete wrap-around deck, and a full extension over the patio area that will receive the pavers, in front of the Family Room where he is sitting:
The additional lumber was delivered yesterday morning (Sunday morning!); it does not include the railings at this point:
The following photo shows most of the lumber that will make up the new deck areas:
Demolition started, with the portion of the deck in front of the Living Room removed first (far left in this photo):
The local dumping area, just outside our new office area:
Work will continue today, with the removal of the huge board against the siding just outside the Living Room. Then, install flashing, and felt behind the new board. Then start building the new portion of the deck. We will approach the build in sections, as this makes the most sense at this point.
A note to all my readers: If you have an old wooden deck, please inspect all the structural components.
— Al Navas