A deck installation requires maintenance, whatever it is made of be it wood or composites. It is subject to both visible and hard to see wear and tear. Dependent on the local climate, the deck material may rot or suffer water damage, insect attack or just simply discolor from sunlight. While some damage may be purely cosmetic, some may potentially cause injury to users.
Do you need maintenance on your deck? Let’s explore some common reasons for needing deck repair.
Over time, a deck will move slightly as the main support members settle in the ground or simply grow old and weaken. If the settling is minimal this may not amount to much, but uneven or excessive settling can give rise to strains between the main structural support members. In time these strains may cause the deck to fail completely and collapse. Evidence of settling can include an uneven deck, a slanted deck or a wobbly deck.
In some cases, wood that is untreated or improperly treated can be attacked by insects and beetles. These might include wood borer, woodworm or ants and termites. Affected items need to be replaced and if it is insect damage, the insect infestation treated.
Decks are obviously hit hard by the damaging effects of weather. Common problems include scuffing, discoloration and rotting caused by foot and wind-blown sand and soil, mosses, and other infestations which rip up the surface of the wood. After some time, the planks begin to rot and splinters form. This is the start of a vicious circle since splintering provides a rougher surface even more difficult to clean properly. And your deck becomes very inviting to unwanted dirt and plants. The net result is a damp and dingy deck.
Water damage is also another common weather related problem. If the feet of the support members are in water regularly or for some time, or puddles are forming on the deck, then the wood is likely to rot and fail. Repair or replacement is needed.
Discoloration is impacts decks as well. Over time, the effects of weather on your deck can cause fading of the deck surfaces. You may need to re-stain and reseal the entire deck to ensure uniformity.
Dallas Deck Craft is an expert in deck repair. We will be able to assist with your any deck repairs you might need. If you have deck problems, request a quote today!