Repair Replace Rotted Cantilevered Balcony Deck
(Port Washington, WI)
I have a cantilevered balcony deck that is in need of repair and replacing decking from rot.
The deck is approximately 4' x 14' on a house that I recently purchased in Wisconsin. The house was a foreclosure and wasn't maintained properly.
The decking (2 x 10 pt) was beginning to rot as well as the wood balusters. I started to tear off the fascia and deck boards and found some pretty good rot. The joists look pretty good for the most part with minimal rot, I think.
Couple of questions:
is there any way to test the wood using a foolproof method to detect rot?
Also, I have been in talks with a sheet metal bender who suggested making "U" shaped caps to place over the top of the joists to ensure any moisture in the future won't penetrate the top of the joists. Is that a good idea?
Lastly, if the joists can be saved, I would like to find a good lightweight composite to replace the decking, any suggestions?