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A Guide to Deck Repair

Your outdoor living area should be a place of relaxation, where you can hang out with friends and family, barbecue and spend quality time soaking up the sunshine. But, over time wind, rain, sunshine, humidity and regular wear and tear will take a toll on both the appearance and integrity of your outdoor recreation space.

Promptly repairing issues and staying on-top of routine maintenance are the best ways to ensure your property looks great year round—and is a safe place for friends, family and pets to be. Besides, the nicer your property looks the greater your curb appeal will be.

To help keep your space looking and functioning its best, the team at Mr. Handyman of E. Nashville and Hendersonville put together this guide. Keep reading for deck repair tips, red flags to watch for, and how our company can help.

How to Tell if Your Deck Needs Repairs?

Before you get to hiring a deck repair service, it's important to know exactly what needs to be fixed. While you might have already noticed some issues, like missing boards or loose railings, some damage might be harder to spot. If you're taking the trouble to hire a professional handyman, you might as well ensure that all the issues with your outdoor space are fixed during the appointment.

Stains & Blemishes

Stains and blemishes develop because of daily use or even due to the happenings of daily life—like your heavy outdoor umbrella stand getting knocked over and denting the wood. Stains and dents might seem like a mere cosmetic issue, but it could actually cause problems with your paint or stain. This could lead to water damage, rot and mold. Most stains can be removed with soap and warm water, or sanded away. Dents and chips might be okay for a while, but may need replacing down the road.

Broken Boards

Naturally, if your deck boards are broken, then you need repairs. Usually, wear and tear, fluctuating temperatures, weather and wood rot cause your decking to deteriorate. Any broken boards need to be replaced right away to prevent injury.

Pro Tip:

Boards that are split down the middle indicate they will break soon. Don't step on cracked boards, and ensure they are replaced promptly.

Loose Nails & Screws

Nobody wants to step on a screw or nail—especially not small children and pets, who are more likely not to notice them. Also, popping nails are a sign that boards, posts and railings could be coming loose. Typically, rising nails can be hammered back down into the wood. But if the nails or screws look corroded and rusty, it's more worthwhile to replace them entirely.

Wobbly Railings

Loose railings are a serious safety issue, as you or a loved one could lean against them and fall down. The easiest way to tell if your railings are loose is to grab hold and give them a shake. If they move, they're loose and need to be repaired promptly. Likely, a screw or nail has come loose. Alternatively, wood rot may be eating away at the lumber and it could require replacing.

Wood Rot

Moisture has a way of damaging all kinds of wood—even when it has been treated. It's just a matter of time before wood rot takes hold. A kind of microscopic fungus, wood rot is intended to decompose timber that's fallen onto forest floors. This is completely natural, but it doesn't discriminate and will eat away at your wooden structures. It's important to check your deck regularly for wood rot, so look for signs of:

  • Splintering, crumbling wood

  • Discolored patches in yellow or white

  • Soft areas; if you can press a screwdriver into it, you have wood rot

Pro Tip:

Use a flashlight to look under hard-to-reach areas. Generally, patches that don't receive a lot of sunlight tend to be where rot spores first, so it's important to check the underside for damage.

How to Prevent Deck Repairs

The phrase: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” is especially poignant when it comes to any kind of home repair. By taking care of your property, you'll spend less money and time on expensive repairs. This is true for your outdoor living space as well. By catching problems quickly you prevent worse damage from occurring.

Routine Inspection & Maintenance

At least twice a year, you should walk through your property and check for signs of damage. This is also a great opportunity to get all your seasonal maintenance done, including looking after your porch, patio or deck. Consider hiring the pros at Mr. Handyman to complete the following:

  • Deck cleaning; including sweeping and pressure washing

  • Promptly replacing damaged, missing or rotted areas

  • Regularly move deck furniture and planters around

  • Fix damaged stain and paint right away

Regular Sealing

You should refinish your deck every 2 to 3 years, depending on how well you've cared for it and what the climate is like in your region of Tennessee. This could include either deck painting or deck staining. But the important first step is to apply a clear, UV protecting sealant. This is key in keeping water damage, bleaching and wear to a minimum.

Refinishing your outdoor structure is a lot of work, although it's an important task. If you don't have the time, tools or ability to take care of this integral step in deck maintenance, our team is happy to take care of it for you.

Hire Our Pro Team Today!

Is your outdoor area looking a little worse for wear? Or perhaps you've done the math and it's time to refinish your deck? Time to call the experts at Mr. Handyman of E. Nashville and Hendersonville. Each of our service professionals has years of experience serving clients throughout East Nashville, Henderson, Goodlettsville and Whites Creek, and more. Our carpentry skills are outstanding, and so is our customer service. Also, we offer deck installation services as well—if you're looking to revamp your backyard entirely.

To book an appointment with one of our hardworking technicians today, we invite you to call our friendly office staff at 615-551-4653. You can also reach us by submitting an online service request form.