Professional Dallas Deck Repair Near Me
Have you noticed some warning signs that indicate your property needs deck repair? Dallas service professionals at Mr. Handyman are the right choice for efficient, thorough work that doesn't cut corners and provides long-lasting, appealing, durable results.
Your Dallas handyman will arrive on time for your scheduled appointment, in uniform and driving a company vehicle so you know who you're letting onto your property. We'll start by assessing the nature and extent of the damage, then clearly explain our findings to you and our experienced recommendations on the best way to proceed with deck repair. Dallas homeowners can trust us to answer their questions and give them all the information they need to make an educated decision about their property.
Once we've got the thumbs up from you, we'll get started on the work. The correct strategy for Dallas deck repair naturally varies depending on what the problem is. While we've dealt with a few unusual situations that called for deck repair, Dallas properties typically suffer from a handful of common complaints. Some of the most likely deck repair issues that we can handle are:
- Gray, splintery, weathered wood
- Timber weakened by wood rot
- Peeling paint or flaking wood stain
- Widening cracks between deck boards
- Wobbling, loose handrails
- Creaky or sagging steps
- The gap between structure and building
- Missing or broken spindles or balusters
- Grading and drainage issues underneath
- Loose or missing deck boards
- Damage from destructive insects like termites
HOW TO TELL IF DECK WOOD IS ROTTEN
We've all seen rotten wood before, whether it was on a fallen tree in the forest or under the bathroom sink. But when most people think of rotting timber, they picture the advanced stages of decay when the wood is basically destroyed and crumbling into dust, and by that point, it's too late for wood deck repair. Dallas homeowners who know how to find and recognize wood rot in its earlier stages can call their local handyman to get it taken care of sooner rather than later and avoid the need for a total deck replacement. Another reason why it's so important to stop wood rot in its tracks early on is that it is capable of spreading to other parts of your building. In fact, some types of wood rot can even travel over non-timber surfaces such as concrete to find new timber to destroy.
Wood rot affects timber that has a high moisture content, so outdoor wood is particularly vulnerable. When searching for possible wood rot, examine all exposed timber carefully for the following signs of trouble:
- Paint peeling away in strips
- Patches that are lighter or darker than the surrounding wood
- Discolored spots with a white, yellow, or purple hue
- Texture changes where the wood looks spongy, is crumbling apart or is webbed with cracks
- Timber is breaking into cube-shaped pieces in a process called cubical fracture
- In advanced cases, mushrooms sprouting up from wood
Choose Our Team When You Need Deck Repair, Dallas
If you're looking for the most reliable, local deck repair experts to eliminate damage to your outdoor structure, stop your search for deck repair near me and call the reliable team at Mr. Handyman of Dallas. We have repaired numerous decks in Dallas and nearby parts of the Metroplex, so we have the experience and skill to get the job done right. We also offer a wide range of other services, including fence installation, bathroom remodeling, drywall installation, window repair, and much more.
Frequently Asked Questions About Deck Repair
DO I NEED A PERMIT FOR A DALLAS DECK REPAIR PROJECT?
Whether or not a permit is required by the City of Dallas depends somewhat on the scope of the repair work. Minor fixes like replacing a loose board or securing a loose railing don't need a permit, but larger repairs that involve significantly altering or replacing the existing structure do require a permit. Either way, there's no need to worry about that yourself when our reliable handyman team is hired for deck repair. Dallas professionals at Mr. Handyman have the experience and training to know precisely which projects require a permit, and we'll make sure we have the permit in place before we begin work so there's no need for you to deal with the paperwork. On a similar note, you can rest assured that our work practices and results will always meet or exceed municipal and state regulations. We value a safe workplace and want to make sure our work is fully compliant in every way.
DO I NEED DALLAS DECK REPAIR IF THERE'S WATER POOLING AROUND MY DECK POSTS?
Yes, this is a serious problem that requires the attention of a professional who is experienced with deck repair. Dallas homeowners often forget to check underneath their deck structure when they're looking for signs of trouble, but even though it may be more difficult to access that area or get a good look at it, it's very important to periodically inspect and make sure everything is in good shape down there.
If you do take a look and notice that there's water pooling around the posts, or the ground is damp and swampy, that's a big problem that could lead to structural instability as well as potentially cause other issues like foundation cracks. When your structure was originally installed, the ground should have been graded properly to ensure that water would drain away rather than collect under there. But the installation may have been faulty, or it could be that landscaping changes, harsh weather patterns, and soil movement have caused the problem over time. Either way, it's important to get the excess water drained and grade the soil so it doesn't happen again. If the water is left there, it can cause the posts to rot, crumble the concrete footings and wash away soil from around the posts, leaving them unstable and ready for a collapse, which is obviously a major safety hazard.
WHAT'S THE EASIEST WAY TO PREPARE A DECK FOR RESURFACING?
Older outdoor structures that are covered in strips of peeling paint or a thick layer of dirt and algae growth need refinishing to ward off problems like wood rot, but first, all that paint, grime, and plant matter needs to be removed. If you're imagining heading out there with a brush and bucket of water to start scrubbing away, don't despair—we have a much faster, easier, and more effective solution on hand. We'll use a pressure washing machine to blast away loose paint, dirt buildup, moss and algae, and anything else that is standing between you and a freshly primed, ready-to-refinish deck. Pressure washers use high-pressure jets of water that are capable of removing even the most stubborn substances. Not up to the task of painting and sealing the entire thing once the pressure washing is complete? No problem—your Dallas deck repair expert can take care of that part of the process for you as well so all you need to do is sit back and enjoy your freshly refinished structure.
SHOULD I GET THE DECK REPAIRED OR JUST HAVE THE ENTIRE DECK REPLACED?
That's a good question, and the answer really lies in how advanced the damage is. In most cases, damage can be solved with the right strategy for deck repair. Dallas professionals sometimes encounter a structure, however, that is too far gone for repair. If it looks like the next strong breeze is going to take it out, repair just doesn't make sense and will end up being more expensive than a brand-new structure. If that's what you're dealing with, it's best to talk with your handyman about the possibility of a deck replacement service.
Is It Time for Deck Repair? Dallas Homeowners Can Count On Our Handyman Experts
If you live in Dallas or part of the surrounding area such as Carrolton, Richardson, or Garland, the dependable, experienced team at Mr. Handyman of Dallas is here for you. Contact us to find out more or schedule an appointment for handyman service.