The regular maintenance of an outdoor deck can seem a bit of a hassle. Regardless, you can avoid many common deck repair issues before they happen. Ignoring problems will not only have potential costs, but there is also the risk of injury. This is serious stuff.
Improper maintenance and ignoring regular deck repair is not just an issue of appearance. It is a safety hazard problem. Not only does the failure to maintain your deck create an eyesore, you could end up spending thousands more than you need. The better choice is to have a reputable company inspect and repair your deck before things become serious.
Here are some deck repair issues that should concern you:
Improper Construction: This is a big one, and is not only caused by DIYers. There may be missing nails or the use of the wrong joist hangers. Some builders cut corners by not sealing the wood, causing weak decking and rotting posts. Other construction issues include improper flashing, incorrect baluster spacing, the wrong rail height, piers improperly set, and more.
Mold and Mildew: The common reason for the growth of mold and mildew is too much water and not enough sun. Your deck is not able to properly dry, and this can happen to any wood deck. Often, the best solution is converting the decking to composite.
Insects: Ants and termites will cause a massive amount of damage to your deck. You know you have a problem if the decking sounds hollow or you notice holes in the wood.
Wear and Tear: Over time, nails will pop up, boards will become bouncy, and rails loosen. A temporary solution is hammering the nails back down. A more permanent solution is having a deck repair specialist remove the nails and replace them with the correct decking screws.
If you would like to talk more about common deck repairs, or need more information, please contact us.