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5 Signs You Need Deck Repair Services

As the weather warms up, and we happily welcome summer, it's easy to envision spending long evenings sipping iced tea and barbecuing with friends. After a long, busy week, you and your family can enjoy being outside on your beautiful deck.

But, if your deck has seen better days—perhaps its paint is peeling, a few boards have rotted through, or it needs to be sealed—it's time for a deck repair project. If your outdoor space isn't in good condition, not only will you not enjoy being outside, but it'll also be unsafe for you and your family. Splinters, exposed nails, and wood rot could cause an accident.

Although it takes a little hard work to get your deck looking and functioning its best, the good news is, you don't have to do it on your own! The pros at Mr. Handyman of Dallas can help. Our team of expert handymen and master carpenters offer a variety of services that will make your outdoor space look good as new. Each of our service professionals have years of experience repairing decks of all shapes, sizes, and materials—especially wood. If you see any of the five most common problems, we can help.

1. Cracked or Splintered Boards

Since your deck is outside, it will wear naturally due to exposure from the sun, rain, and wind. Not to mention, changes in temperature and humidity can impact all kinds of materials, including metal fittings and concrete footings. The material that suffers most from a changing environment is wood.

If well maintained, wood decks should last between 20 and 25 years. But even if your planks have been stained and sealed correctly, it's still possible for cracking and splintering to happen. Usually, one or two cracked boards is not a big problem. Any handyman worth his or her salt should be able to make the repairs. However, if there's damage throughout your deck, you may be looking at more extensive repairs or even an installation service.

2. Rotting Beams, Posts, Steps and Planks

Wood rot is microscopic fungi that breaks down wood. This is a natural process in forested areas as it helps clear fallen trees, but no Dallas homeowner wants to deal with it inside or outside their home. Wood rot spreads, so if it's not dealt with immediately it can cause serious structural damage—possibly causing a collapse.

Most modern decks are built on top of wooden support posts that rest on concrete footings, but in older homes, sometimes the wooden supports rest directly on the ground. This might not sound like a big deal, but soil is damp. Over time, both treated and untreated wood will absorb the moisture in the ground. This causes rot to spread.

Signs of wood rot include:

  • Soft wood

  • Crumbling boards

  • Discoloration

Our pro technicians and carpenters can expertly remove and replace rotted areas. We can also fix your outdoor living space so wooden parts don’t directly touch the ground—preventing future issues.

3. Loose or Broken Railing

Damaged railings are serious safety hazards that need to be fixed right away. A family member could lean against a loose railing and fall if it gives way. If the railing wobbles when you grab it, it might just be an issue with the post's connection to the frame. Our technicians will be able to check for any loose carriage bolts or screws. These elements tend to loosen over time as wooden planks go through the cycle of getting damp and then drying after it rains. The other cause of loose railings is wood rot, which may cause it to grow soft, unstable or deteriorate completely. Our team of trusted experts can complete a range of railing repairs.

4. Professional Deck Maintenance

Like anything else in your home, regular upkeep improves the quality of your deck or patio and prevents it from wearing quickly. Constant use, dirt, stains from moss and mildew, and the weather all take a toll on your outdoor living area. Keep it looking its best with the help of our expert service professionals. We can provide deck maintenance services that will keep the structure in good condition for years to come.

Maintenance Includes:

  • Regular sealing and applying fresh deck stain

  • Sanding peeling paint and replacing it with a fresh coat

  • Checking stairs, railings, boards, joists, and planks for signs of wear

  • Using a hammer to flatten protruding nails

5. Deck Cleaning

An important part of regular deck maintenance is to give it a thorough cleaning from time to time. This is especially important if the structure has significant stains from moss, lichen or mildew, or if it has peeling paint and chipped stain. By far, the most efficient and effective way to clean your deck is by using a pressure washer to give it a deep clean.

Power washing can work wonders for your outdoor areas, but it's integral you hire a professional to do this for you. Pressure washers need to be set to a specific level depending on the surface you're working with. Since these machines are so powerful, it's very easy to damage your property or injure yourself if you don't know how to safely use them. Instead, let the pros at Mr. Handyman of Dallas handle it for you.

Book the Experts at Mr. Handyman Today!

Are you ready to give your deck a new lease on life, and start enjoying your outdoor space? Call the pros at Mr. Handyman of Dallas. Our contractors will diligently make the necessary repairs to your backyard deck, porch, or patio. Our attention to detail, quality workmanship, and years of experience mean you get the best service possible—which is why our company is known to have happy clients.

Providing quality customer service is important to us. We treat all our clients with the utmost respect and prioritize your needs, so you have a positive experience with our company from start to finish.

To book an appointment, we invite you to call our helpful office staff at 972-627-4518. You can also contact us online to learn more about our full range of services.