Decks have a limited lifespan. There will be a time when you will need to remove or redo your decking. Like building one, if you don’t have any idea where to begin, tearing down an old deck can be a challenging task. How do I remove a deck from my house? If you want to do it yourself, here are the steps on how to remove your composite decking from your house.
Step 1: Preparation
Although it may not seem a big task, you will need to do some preparations before you tear down your decking. First, you will need to be familiar with your deck. If you had someone build it for you, you likely are unfamiliar with the parts of a deck. Even if you do, a refresher is always helpful. It can also help you have a realistic expectation of how much it would take to finish the job.
Once you become familiar with your deck structure, you’ll know what tools and equipment you will need, such as saws, hammers, prying bars, drills, and screwdrivers. You’ll also need safety equipment, including gloves, shoes, and safety eyeglasses.
Step 2: Remove the Railings
If you have rails on your deck, they are the first thing you will need to remove. To do this, you will need to unscrew or pry out the nails attaching the top rail from the balusters. Then, proceed to dismantle the balusters, followed by the bottom rails.
If you can’t remove the railing, you can also try using a circular saw. However, you will need to hold the rails as you saw to avoid binding. For safety concerns, always read the instruction manuals on how to operate saws.
Step 3: Get Rid of the Decking Boards
Once the railing is out, the next step is to remove the decking boards. If you don’t intend to reuse the decking boards for other purposes, you can use a prying tool to remove them. Besides a crowbar, there are several tools you can find that can make the job easier and faster.
If you want to reuse the boards, you will need to be more careful in removing them. For this, you can use the claw side of a hammer for nails and a drill in reverse for screwdrivers. You can also opt to cut the boards into sections to minimize snapping and breaking. After the decking boards, proceed to remove the stairs if you have them. You’ll also need to do the same by removing the rails, risers, and steps.
Step 4: Remove the Decking Frame
After clearing out everything, what’s left is the deck’s structural frame. The first thing you will need to do is to disconnect the house from your deck frame. To do this, you will need to cut the
ledger board with a saw. The ledger board is a piece of wood or material that serves as the deck’s anchor to your house.
Next, remove the joists, followed by the rims and beams. As with other parts, you can use screwdrivers or drills to remove screws or crowbars and hammers to pry them. You can also cut them into more manageable sections using circular saws. Some use a sledgehammer to loosen some tight joints as well.
Step 5: Take Out the Posts
After removing the joist and posts, all that’s left are the posts. If you cemented the deck post into the hole, you need to dig until you can get the deck post. With some assistance, take it out from the post hole. Then, cover it with some dirt. If you have used concrete posts with post anchors, you can unscrew the wood first before digging it out.
Consider Hiring Waste Removal Services
Dismantling an old deck and removing it from your house can be difficult. You will need to prepare for the task by being familiar with the deck. You will also need to prepare some tools, such as saws, hammers, and pry bars. Once you’re ready, you can start with the railings, followed by the decking boards and the stairs. Then, remove the ledge board and the rest of the decking frame. The last step is to dig out the decking posts and cover the post holes.
Like any clearing project, you don’t have to do everything yourself if you still have doubts. If you want, you can hire workers to do it for you. It will be faster, more efficient, and safer. But if you want to save some money, you can also do some of the lighter work by yourself and let contractors do the harder ones.