As spring approaches it’s a great time to assess the health of your deck and find out how it fared during the long winter months. Unfortunately a wood deck won’t last forever, even with your regular maintenance so here’s how you can find out if your deck can be repaired or if it’s in need of a full replacement.
The first sign of a decrepit deck is the signature bend, or warp, of the wood. You can often see this from several feet back, as the deck sags in the middle. This is often caused by support beams that are in poor condition. Over time, exposure to water and moisture can weaken the wood, making it give way.
Another tell-tale sign that you need deck repair is termites. The insects burrow their way through wood, leaving it unsound and unsafe. They move swiftly, and damage that begins as minor can quickly compromise the entire deck.
You can also tell you need a new deck by walking on it. Does the wood feel spongey? Are boards coming loose? Do nails and screws not stay in the wood very well? These are all signs that you need to fix your deck.
Fortunately, sometimes a wood deck will only need a few localized repairs, and not an entire deck replacement. If termites are caught early, only small sections need to be repaired. Likewise, if rot is only affecting one part of the deck, that section is the only thing that needs to be replaced.
After your deck repair is finished, you should try to preserve it. Have a pest control company inspect it regularly for termites. Also use a water-resistant finish that will repel moisture. Finally, be sure that the substructure of your deck is not susceptible to the elements; keep an eye on how water is draining around your deck.
If you watch for signs that you need a deck replacement and keep good maintenance habits, your deck will look its best for many summer parties to come.
For deck replacement, repairs, sealant and more we’re here to help at Brian Hommel Home Improvement. If you need a deck inspection or deck repairs we’re the professionals to call. Want to learn more about our deck replacement services? Click here for a free quote.