Decks play a big part in outdoor living. Is yours safe? Take some time for deck maintenance while the weather is good.
It won’t take much time to check your deck for safety. What you discover (and can then fix) is well worth the effort so your deck is a safe place to enjoy the outdoors.
Yes, it is more fun to just relax but maintenance done in a timely manner pays off.
Safety And Appearance
This is an obvious area where weather takes a toll. A systematic deck safety inspection will highlight what needs attention. Some issues you find may be outside your comfort level to fix. Fortunately, you can call on a home maintenance services or home repair specialist for help.
- Loose nails
Nails and screws can work loose over time. If they stick out of the decking, they can be a trip hazard. If they stick out of railings, they can hurt hands or fingers. Tighten them up or replace them.
- Loose railings
A railing that has worked loose and wobbles provides little safety when a person grabs for it. If the issue is fasteners that can be tightened up, the fix is quick. If more serious rot or decay is causing the wobble, you may need to re-construct the section of railing with new materials.
- Loose steps
Like wobbly railings, steps that crack or wobble do not provide a firm footing. Depending on the cause of the problem, you may be tightening fasteners, applying caulk in cracks, or rebuilding the step and/or its supporting structure.
- Peeling paint or worn-off stain
Paint and stain protect your deck. If they are worn off, re-apply them. If they are blistering and flaking away, this may indicate an underlying problem with drainage. Investigate the moisture issue and address it before repainting.
- Standing water
There is no good reason for water to collect in puddles or pools anywhere on your deck structure. If you notice this happening, it is cause for concern. Check for loose fasteners that may allow boards to sag. Warped boards may need to be replaced. Structural beams may be compromised and need to be shored up or replaced Flashing may be cracked or missing.
Water will cause rot. Outdoor structures are exposed to water. Flashing, caulking, and protective coatings all fight the water, but need to be checked regularly to be sure they are still intact and doing their job.
If your inspection turns up bigger issues than you want to take on yourself, call on a trusted home repair and home maintenance expert to bring your deck back into shape.
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