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6 Deck Repair Warning Signs & Our Solutions to Handle Them

Sitting out on the deck, soaking up the summer sunshine while you socialize with friends and neighbors, is an iconic tradition—as American as apple pie. It's something we look forward to all year round, and when warm weather hits, we can't wait to get outside and turn on the grill.

But when your outdoor living space is suffering from problems such as loose railings or rotten wood, it's not just unsightly. If neglected, damage on your deck can spread to other parts of your home and cause much bigger, more costly headaches. It's also a safety issue, as your friends and family have to dodge hazards that could lead to injury.

Wondering if you can last another season without deck repair? Here are six signs that indicate your deck or porch is crying out for help from the repair pros at Mr. Handyman of East Boulder, Broomfield, and Erie, plus what we can do to solve those problems so that your deck is always safe and looking its best, season after season.

1. Riddled with Rot

There are a lot of places on your property where wood rot might strike, but your deck and porch are among the most vulnerable. That's because wood rot is a form of decay caused by wood-eating fungi that require a high moisture content in lumber to begin growing and outdoor wooden structures are exposed to weather without much chance to dry out in between soakings. Rot softens and crumbles wood, which can cause serious structural damage.

The Solution: Our handymen are experienced with wood rot mitigation, so we know where to look for patches of rot that others may miss. The best way to eliminate wood rot is removing and replacing rotten boards with pressure-treated lumber, and then applying paint or wood stain and coating the entire surface with sealant for a water repellent finish that will help keep rot at bay in the future. It's also worth noting that overflowing rain gutters are a major cause of wood rot, so it stands to reason that cleaning them will prevent it. There are actually many reasons why gutter cleaning is critical for protecting your home and saving money.

2. Slippery Surfaces

Is your deck or porch covered in a slimy coating of algae or moss, or caked with years of built-up dirt and grime? Slippery surfaces are obviously unpleasant to walk on and can cause you to take a tumble, but all that grime and algae growth is a big problem for your decking material too. It can host harmful bacteria that eats away at paint and traps moisture, leaving your deck exposed to rot.

The Solution: The most effective and efficient way for us to get your outdoor space spotlessly clean is with our professional pressure washing services. A pressure washer uses high-powered jets of water to blast away dirt, organic growth, and harmful bacteria. You'll be surprised and impressed with how great your deck looks afterward—your neighbors may think you had a brand new one installed!

3. Peeling Paint

Speaking of pressure washing, did you know it's also the best method of surface preparation when you need to refinish anything outdoors? Peeling paint and wood stain are early warning signs of incoming moisture damage, and a clear indication that your deck or porch needs refinishing before worse problems crop up—such as wood rot, of course.

The Solution: We'll use a pressure washer to strip away the old, peeling paint or stain, leaving a spotlessly clean surface to work with. Then we'll reapply the appropriate finish and add a fresh coat of sealer to get your structure smooth and gleaming again.

4. Hazardous Handrails

A good, solid railing is usually the only thing standing between you and a nasty fall off the edge of the deck—sometimes from a story or two up. Even if your porch is low to the ground, a wobbly railing can still cause injury if someone leans against it and it can't support their weight. Grab the railing and give it a firm shake. It shouldn't move at all, so it's definitely in need of repair if it does.

The Solution: If the wood is generally sound but nails and screws have worked loose over time, it could be as simple as re-securing the handrail where it meets the wall or joins other sections. But if the weakness is due to our old buddy wood rot, the railing will have to be replaced. On the up side, this is a great opportunity to enhance your deck with a new style or even built-in seating around the perimeter.

5. Sinking Stairs

Do your porch stairs dip down when you step on them, or make a noise like they're being tortured? It's not you, it's them. Stairs take a lot of abuse over the years, whether it's kids and dogs rocketing up and down or just regular wear and tear. As a result, this is one of the most common deck repairs.

The Solution: When it comes to decrepit stairs, replacement makes the most sense. A repair to one part would only be a temporary fix, as the whole structure of the staircase is interconnected and aging at the same rate. Our professional carpenters can get a new set installed efficiently so you can rest easy knowing they're solid and safe.

6. Damaging Drainage Issues

When you're doing your regular maintenance checks, don't forget to take a look at the underside for damage. Specifically, keep an eye out for problems such as concrete footings heaving and dropping, or soil erosion around posts.

The Solution: Changes to landscaping or just soil shifting over time can cause grading and drainage problems that cause water to pool around footings. We'll regrade the area to get water naturally flowing away from footings, then repair any damage that's already been done.

Mr. Handyman is Your Local Deck Repair Professional in East Boulder!

Ready for summer? Let's make sure your deck is, too. Whether you're in East Boulder or nearby areas such as Louisville or Superior, Mr. Handyman of East Boulder, Broomfield, and Erie can take care of all your deck repairs with quality workmanship and exceptional customer service.

Give us a call today at 303-647-9132 or request service online, and we'll show you why we're East Boulder's number one choice for wooden deck repair and other handyman services!