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6 Signs That Your Deck Needs Repair

Decks Can Deteriorate Quickly

A deck is more than an extension of your home – it is a place to enjoy the great outdoors with friends and family. Whether you plan to use your deck for relaxing or socializing, it is important to keep it in good shape. This is not always an easy task. As an outdoor structure, decks are subject to bad weather, humidity, and dirt. If not consistently maintained, time can take its toll.

That is why Mr. Handyman of Greater Syracuse recommends having a professional inspect your deck. By spotting signs of deterioration, we can make proactive improvements and repairs that can save you time and money in the long run. Our reputable deck specialists can also provide you with tips on how to keep your deck in shipshape.

The Wood Beams Are Rotting

Wood rot is never a reassuring sign. If left unattended, wood rot can compromise the structural integrity of your entire deck – leaving you and your loved ones at risk. Modern build code regulations require decks to be built on concrete footings. However, older deck structures may not meet these codes – upheld by posts/beams that still rest directly on the soil. When built into soil, raw wooden beams can absorb moisture and rot. If you need to upgrade your posts/beams or reinforce your concrete foundation, reach out to our handymen today!

The Deck Railing Is Flimsy

If your deck rails are loose or wobbly, you should call a professional repair expert right away. Unsecured sections of deck railing are a safety hazard that can lead to severe injury or even death if left unfixed. By keeping an eye out for compromised sections of your deck railing, you can prevent an unfortunate incident from happening. Early detection can also help limit the scope and degree of the issue. Our deck specialists have the tools, techniques, and experience to bolster your deck railing quickly.

Your Deck Footing Is Heaving

A deck’s concrete footing is pivotal for ensuring your deck enjoys long-term structural fortitude. Nevertheless, as soil shifts over time, the concrete footing can become unstable. Freeze/thaw cycles can gradually corrode concrete footing as well. This is particularly true in cold weather climates. If you notice cracks, droopiness, or heaving in your deck footing, give us a call right away.

The Deck Posts Are Eroding

All deck footing is susceptible to erosion – regardless of whether it consists of wood or concrete. When rainwater and snowmelt wash away the soil surrounding deck posts, the resulting exposure can cause quick deterioration. If neglected for too long, the deck posts will weaken and destabilize. One way to prevent this from happening is to check for drainage issues. Pooling water and flooded soil will significantly accelerate deterioration.

The Deck Boards Are Cracking

Deck boards are known to splinter and crack from time to time. In most cases, repairing deck boards is fast and easy. With high-grade equipment and materials, our contractors can replace individual deck boards quickly and affordably. Nevertheless, you might want to consider a more extensive repair or even a replacement if your entire deck is splintering and falling apart. Our specialists can also stain, paint, and seal your deck. These services can significantly boost the curb appeal and extend the lifespan of a wood deck.

How To Keep Your Deck Well Maintained

Many preventive measures will improve the structural integrity of your deck. Here are three:

  1. Protect the wood – Even if your wood is pressure treated, it should be stained, painted, and/or sealed every few years to create a defensive layer against the elements.
  2. Clean spills and stains – Many homeowners are unconcerned about food spills and droppings on their deck, figuring the wind will likely blow the residue away over time. This passive approach is unwise: Leftover food and sticky spills can attract ants and other unwanted bugs. By power washing your deck to remove stains and food residue, we can keep insects away and have your deck looking spick-and-span.
  3. Move plants and furniture – Planters, furnishings, and rugs can hasten deck deterioration by trapping moisture. By moving these items around every so often, you can significantly reduce moisture, wood rot, and infestations.

The Mr. Handyman of Greater Syracuse Difference

We understand that home maintenance can sometimes seem like a never-ending burden. However, failing to maintain and repair problems before they worsen will lead to more expensive and extensive complications later. If you notice natural wear and tear in your deck, don’t hesitate to reach out to your stellar team of technicians. We can inspect the structure and point out areas where repairs and upgrades are beneficial.

Our locally owned and operated locations are supported by a nationwide franchise network with over 2 decades of industry-leading service. Every service we perform is backed by The Neighborly Done Right Promise®. This is our guarantee to fix any issue that may arise within 6 months of service.

For more information about our deck repair services, call us at (315) 544-3202 or contact us online today!