Common Deck Repairs
To ensure your family's safety, and that of your guests/visitors, keep an eye out for signs that you need the following decking repairs. Though you can tackle minor fixes yourself, repairs that require professional attention can cost thousands of $$$'s.
- Decay/Rot: Wooden decks can decay over time, especially if you delay regular maintenance. Periodically check your deck for rotting or decaying wood, and take a closer look at areas where water gathers or flows.
- Stairs: Nature can easily overtake and damage deck stairs, so check that plants, weeds and grass haven't grown through or over your stairs. Trim back plants that pose tripping hazards.
- Hand Rails: Even sturdy railings and posts can loosen over time. Test yours by applying pressure. If they move easily, consider calling in a professional to stabilize the railings.
- Fasteners: Regularly check to make sure screws are tight and nails are in place (and not proud of your deck). If you find any corroded fasteners or metal plates, replace them with new ones. Not only is corroded metal an eyesore, but it can also damage the surrounding wood.