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5 Signs You're in Need of Deck Repair

Do you think that your deck is in need of a repair? Maybe it's been out in the elements for many years, and you think that it could use a touch-up.

Perhaps the deck is starting to show its age and is in desperate need of a new deck staining.

Whatever the case might be, there are several signs that your deck is due for a repair to some degree. 

Here are many different telltale signs that you should consider a deck repair. Be sure to consider all of these signs as you determine whether or not to undergo this project.

1. The Railings Move When Touched

Railings aren't just added on to make the deck look more complete, they serve a very important purpose.

They're installed to make sure that your family is protected from falling off the side of the deck. Depending on how high up the deck is, that risk could lead to serious injury.

One of the biggest signs that your railings need to be replaced is when they start to move when someone leans on them.

If you hear a creaking noise and see the movement as you or someone else places weight on them, then it's time to take action.

Start by contacting a deck repair expert and scheduling a time for them to come and inspect your railings. They will be able to identify the problem and give you a quote for having the railings fixed/replaced.

The next time that you notice your railings are jostling around, don't ignore it. Take action to prevent any future injury!

2. Deck Boards Are in Bad Shape

Every deck owner knows the importance of quality deck boards. After all, they're the very thing that you walk on when you're using the deck.

However, many people ignore the signs that their deck board actually needs to be replaced.

The first sign is when you notice that your wood is beginning to splinter. Ignoring this for too long can result in some painful blisters on the bottom of your foot

Secondly, you might begin to see cracks within the boards, which is one of the first signs of deterioration. In other words, your deck boards have been compromised and need to be looked at by a professional.

Even with exceptional upkeep, the elements that your deck has to endure will ultimately lead to it needing to be replaced. As the homeowner, it's crucial that you keep an eye out for when that day comes, and take the proper steps to replace it.

3. Discoloration or Rot on the Wood

The very second you notice signs of rotting on any portion of your deck, you need to reach out to an expert.

Rotting wood is something that there's no going back from. There's no way to improve it or delay the inevitable catastrophe headed your way.

In fact, rotted wood could one day lead to you or a loved one having their foot fall through the boards.

Rotted wood is more common than many people believe. It starts with water damage, which could begin if the wood isn't refinished every year or two.

One of the best ways to identify rotted wood before holes start to form is by keeping an eye out for discoloration in your wood.

Once you find a discolored spot, grab a nail and push down on the discolored wood with the nail. If the wood is soft and allows you to push the nail down into it, then you're dealing with rotted wood.

You will also notice that, instead of beading up, the wood will absorb any water that is placed onto it.

4. The Tasks Are Piling Up

Perhaps the deck that you're dealing with was already installed when you purchased the house.

If so, then you might feel as if the deck has been more of an issue than an amenity. The tasks are starting to add up, and you feel like you're spending every weekend focusing on deck maintenance.

Sadly, those tedious tasks are only delaying the inevitable. If the issues are starting to pile up against you, then it's time to reach out to a trusted deck repair company to get things fixed.

This will allow you the opportunity to renovate the deck in whatever way you've been wanting to.

Maybe you want to get the deck a little more in-tune with your backyard's theme. Be sure to consider many different options and reach out to a deck repair company to see what they would recommend.

5. Your Deck Is Nailed to Your House

If the deck came with your home when you purchased it, then you might be wondering how old the deck actually is. 

One of the biggest telltale signs is going underneath your deck and inspecting how the builder connected it to the house.

You should hope to find it connected by nuts and bolts. They're a strong and reliable option that all deck builders now use.

However, if you find that your deck was nailed into the house, then your deck is much older than you thought. That method is no longer used by deck builders because it isn't as reliable. 

Schedule Your Deck Repair Today!

Now that you've seen the signs that you need a deck repair, it's time to schedule one with a trusted company.

Be sure to read this article for more information on how to effectively restore your deck.

For more inquiries, please be sure to reach out via our contact us page and we will be happy to assist you further!

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