You love your deck, but over time, it has acquired more and more issues. The longer you have had your deck, the more rain, hail, snow, wind, and the hot Colorado sun have caused it to deteriorate. During sunny days, you want to be able to relax on your deck and enjoy the pleasure of spending time outdoors with the pleasure of being at home. However, if your deck has been beaten up by the elements, it may be more difficult for you to fully enjoy it. Fortunately, most issues that decks experience have easy solutions. Read on for the most common problems with decks, and their solutions.
It’s common for homeowners to seal their new deck, then never touch it again. Over time, sealants wear down, exposing the wood to the elements and gradually revealing significant water damage signs. Regardless of how stellar the sealant, you will need to reapply every couple of years. Ensure that you are reapplying sealant regularly to your deck.
You can determine if your deck is maintaining its waterproofing by sprinkling water onto it. If the water begins to seep into the wood instead of pooling in beads, your deck needs to be resealed. Start by thoroughly cleaning your deck, and make sure to replace any damaged wood before you reseal.
As they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. One way you can ensure that your deck doesn’t suffer water damage due to the extreme Colorado weather by installing a deck drain. As the deck drain experts in Colorado, we are more than happy to help you determine which best suits your needs.
Over time, wood loses its color, fading to gray due to age, damage, and debris. While this is a strictly aesthetic issue, it may impact how much time you want to spend on your deck if you don’t like the way it looks. Using a wood cleaner may be able to restore some of the original color as it has changed in part it is covered in grime. You could also use a wood brightener, which can restore some of the color. If you do use these methods, make a point to apply a coat of sealant so that your hard work lasts as long as possible.
Rot is when the wood falls apart, and is pretty much the worst problem you can have with your deck. Not only is it an eyesore, it can also cause issues with the integrity of the deck, making it a potential hazard to you and your family. This problem usually happens with unprotected decks, but if you have sealed your deck and have still found rot, there may be an issue with your drainage system. Determine the source of water to find the best method. Often, it is an issue with a gutter, or one fixture is funneling water onto the deck. It’s common around stairs and handrails, where sealing is more difficult.
To fix rot, you need to repair, inspect, and reseal the deck. Any affected boards must be replaced, while posts and beams must be expected to ensure that the deck will remain stable. Once all the bad wood has been replaced, reseal your deck completely to prevent future rot.
Depending on the type of wood used for your deck, the boards may shrink over time, leaving behind large gaps in your deck. The only way to fix this problem is to entirely remove the shrunken boards and replace them.
Unfortunately, many homeowners cut costs by installing their decks themselves which can be a major problem if it wasn’t done correctly. If a deck has not been built well, its structural integrity can be compromised. If your deck has any “give” when you walk on it, it’s likely that there is a structural issue with your deck.
Make sure to check the structure underneath your deck to determine whether or not the ledger boards, post connections, and joist hangers are secure. If you aren’t sure, it’s best to call a professional to inspect and perform any necessary repairs. This ensures that your deck is safe for you and your family to use without worry.
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