Decks and patios are a great way to enjoy the summer. After a number of years, you may notice that the railings are starting to wiggle, and the wood starts to deteriorate enough for you to be afraid to go barefoot in fear of getting splinters in your foot.
It isn’t uncommon for a deck to last for years and years without a problem. Simple maintenance and replacing the deck boards and railings can sometimes give you a good as new wooden deck. What is important is to make sure that your deck is structurally sound. It is difficult for most homeowners to be able to check the deck frame and supports. It is important that these are looked into if you are planning on just replacing the deck boards and railings as the chance of failure is still there. Contact us and we can give your wooden deck a thorough inspection and be able to recommend the proper way to replace or repair your wooden deck so you have a beautiful and safe summer.
Think of it, your deck is exposed to the sun, rain, ice and snow all year, it can only take so much before it needs some maintenance.
Giving your deck an annual inspection and making the minor repairs needed can keep small problems from becoming big ones.
Check for rot- Look around posts where they are in contact with the ground or concrete. Any part of the deck that is touching the ground can be suspect of rot.
Check for Cracks in decking boards. More then anything, a cracked decking board is a cosmetic issue but can become dangerous for bare feet and tripping. Replacing a decking board is easy but tough to match.
Check the railings. Handrails and posts can become loose, adding additional screws can be a quick fix.
Check out the Ledger. The ledger is the framing portion that attaches the deck to the house. Make sure the flashing isn’t warn out and replace any missing nails. An improper ledger installation is the cause of most decks collapsing and if you see an issue it would be best to call a professional.
Check for raised nails. Nails can raise due to temperature and moisture changes. Keeping the nails in the decking boards is also safer for bare feet and if you shovel you deck in the winter, you already are aware of the annoyance of having a raised nail when you hit it with the shovel.
Deck and patio construction and repair can be handled by us, give us a call.
3420 Washington Ave
Racine, Wi 53405