Have you ever thought to yourself, “My deck has seen better days!”. Do you see mildew buildup in areas around your deck? Do you see environmental damage to your deck? These are just a few questions to ask yourself when evaluating whether your deck needs to be repaired or replaced. Let’s go over some of the warning signs that your deck is past its prime.
What Are Some Warning Signs?
Wood decks expand and contract, they will take on and give off moisture during the different seasons. Newer wood will crack, twist, warp, and bow. Many of us are familiar with boards that need to be replaced on our deck due to bowing. One of the only ways to prolong the life of your deck is to seal it every other year or protect the deck by using paint on a yearly basis.
Other types of warning signs include:
Moss or Mold: If you see moss or mold growing in your outdoor space because you have a very damp or no-sun environment, this is a key indicator that environmental factors are present and can speed up rot and wear on your deck. It is important when repairing or replacing your deck that you use a licensed contractor.
Unsafe Railings: A wabbly railing is unstable and can present a huge safety concern. If your railing is broken or is worn down, then it is important to get this fixed immediately. Wooden railings typically break down and have a short shelf life.
Corrosion: When evaluating your deck, make sure that you do not see rust or corrosion at connection points. Sometimes you will see a rust colored or white colored corrosion that occurs. This is a sign that your metal hardware is failing and needs to be replaced.
Pests: Termites and bugs can be the cause of deck wear and tear. Many of these pests destroy the durability of the wood. Determine whether the cause of the wear and tear to your outdoor space is pest related. Schedule an extermination, it is suggested that you have the entire deck inspected to see if you must replace the entire deck. Many times, the pest control company can identify the extent of any infestation.
Sometimes homeowners don’t know what to look for when evaluating their deck. First, you should consult someone to inspect your deck to evaluate any safety hazards and make sure you are within any local code requirements. Determine if it is time for a new deck. After that, have a conversation with an experienced deck specialist, they will help create the perfect outdoor space you are looking.
About Outback Deck, Inc.
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