New and Replacement Options for Deck Boards:

Grab all the info you need on new and replacement options for deck boards.
By: Sean McEvoy

How to Lay Decking Boards 02:06

How to lay decking boards for any outdoor deck.

Deck boards can sustain a great deal of wear and tear over time, and many homeowners ultimately face the choice of exploring new and replacement options for their decking surfaces. There are a few things to keep in mind if you're looking to replace or repair existing deck boards, or install new deck boards.

First, keep in mind that prevention goes a long way. Routinely cleaning, sealing and staining your deck will improve the longevity of your deck boards. But if you're at the point where no amount of TLC will rescue the boards, it may be time to replace them. First, inspect the existing frame of your deck to ensure that no joists, beams or posts are rotting, or that any hardware is rusting. If the deck frame is also in poor condition, you may want to consider a full teardown. If not, however, it's time to start removing any damaged deck boards.

If the deck planks were screwed down, you'll just need to remove the screws to pull up damaged deck boards—but if they were nailed down, you'll need to use a circular saw to cut the decking between each joist and pry the short pieces up with a claw hammer or pry bar. Once you've removed the damaged decking, you're ready to start installing your new deck boards.

You should be able to find matching deck boards at a lumber yard or your local home improvement store fairly easily, and even if you can't find an exact match, it's likely you can approximate a similar look through staining.

Keep Reading

Next Up

Best Deck Lighting Options

Shed some light on your outdoor masterpiece with these deck lighting options.

Pool Deck Designs and Options

Decking around a pool has different requirements and considerations than standard decks. Learn what you need to know before you build a pool deck.

Deck Design Ideas and Options

Here’s how to fuel your deck design fantasies — and stay on budget.

Tile Options

When it comes to picking tile, there are plenty of choices. Here's a rundown of some popular types of tile available.

Mulch Options

Find out the different benefits of various types of mulch and determine which type is best for your garden.

Choosing the Best Type of Window Replacement for Your Home

Determine whether a full or partial window replacement will give you the best return on your investment.

Workshop Flooring Options

Check out these flooring options for a garage or workshop. Keep in mind the importance of durability and how the material chosen will influence work efficiency.

Bathroom Fixture Options

Today's bathroom sink and faucet choices go far beyond the options homeowners once had. Here's a look at bath fixtures to consider when planning your remodeling project.

Alternative Siding Options

Take a closer look at a few alternative siding options, all of which will help ease the burden on your wallet.

Kitchen Sink Options

Kitchen life revolves around the sink, the major workstation in the room. Host Jeff Wilson shares the different options available.

On TV

Rehab Addict

7:30am | 6:30c

Rehab Addict

8:30am | 7:30c

Rehab Addict

9:30am | 8:30c

Rehab Addict

10am | 9c

Rehab Addict

10:30am | 9:30c

Rehab Addict

11am | 10c

Rehab Addict

11:30am | 10:30c

Bargain Mansions

12:30pm | 11:30c

Bargain Mansions

1:30pm | 12:30c

Bargain Mansions

2:30pm | 1:30c

Bargain Mansions

3:30pm | 2:30c

Bargain Mansions

4:30pm | 3:30c

Bargain Mansions

5:30pm | 4:30c

Bargain Mansions

6:30pm | 5:30c

Bargain Mansions

7:30pm | 6:30c
On Tonight
On Tonight

Philly Revival

8pm | 7c

Philly Revival

8:30pm | 7:30c

Philly Revival

9:30pm | 8:30c

Rehab Addict

10pm | 9c

Rehab Addict

10:30pm | 9:30c

Rehab Addict

11pm | 10c

Rehab Addict

11:30pm | 10:30c

Philly Revival

12am | 11c

Philly Revival

12:30am | 11:30c

Rehab Addict

1am | 12c

Rehab Addict

1:30am | 12:30c

Rehab Addict

2:30am | 1:30c

Philly Revival

3:30am | 2:30c

Renovation Realities

4:30am | 3:30c

Get Social With Us

We love to DIY. You love to DIY. Let's get together.

Consult Our A-Z Guide

Everything You Need to Know

Browse a full list of topics found on the site, from accessories to mudrooms to wreaths.  

How-To Advice and Videos

Get video instructions about kitchens, bathrooms, remodeling, flooring, painting and more.

Watch DIY Downloads Now

Watch DIY Network LIVE

Don't miss your favorite shows in real time online.