The old deck was just too small. It was also past it useful life and was unsafe. The new deck is much larger and the way it sticks out into the trees it feels like you are in a treehouse. The tough part about this job was that it was very high and the yard was very steep. We also had to deal with rebuilding the house and adding a rim board to allow the positive connection of the new deck. Not only is it larger and looks better, it is strong and safe.