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8 Signs You Need Deck Repair: Wichita, KS Edition

Nowadays, most people are spending more time than ever outside on the deck, socializing, grilling, and soaking up the sunshine. It's the ideal place to chat with friends and family while enjoying the warm weather. But when your deck needs repair and maintenance, it can really put a damper on those fun summer days.

Rotting boards, loose railings, and treacherous stairs aren't just unsightly—they're dangerous hazards for your guests to navigate around. Just as bad, damage can spread to other parts of your house, threatening its security and stability.

If you found this article because you need porch or deck repair, Wichita, KS is the right place to be. That's because Mr. Handyman of Wichita Metro Area is a locally owned and operated business with a team of deck repair professionals who have the experience to not only get your deck and porch in excellent condition, but actually transform them into ideal outdoor living spaces that will be the envy of everyone on your block.

Wondering if you really need repairs, or if it'll be fine for another season? Here are eight signs that indicate it needs attention from a professional sooner rather than later.

1. Cracked or Broken Boards

If you've noticed cracked or broken boards here and there, it's definitely something that should be taken care of before it gets worse. Cracks in the material (cedar, composite, PVC, pressure-treated, hardwood deck materials, etc.) are a sign the sealant has worn off—or was never there to begin with—leaving the material vulnerable to moisture damage.

If you only see a few minor cracks, you may be able to take care of them by simply pulling the board up, flipping it over, and nailing it back into place, but more wide-spread damage will require extensive repairs.

2. Rotten Timber

Outdoor wood surfaces are particularly susceptible to wood rot. This is because wood rot is caused by a type of fungus that requires timber to have a high moisture content to grow, and any timber that’s outdoors is regularly soaked with rainwater. Look around for these signs of decay:

  • Discolored patches that appear lighter or darker than surrounding material

  • Texture changes that cause the wood to look spongy, stringy, or webbed with cracks

  • Timber breaking apart into cube-shaped chunks or “sawdust”

If you spot any of these deck and porch issues, take a screwdriver and press it against the suspicious patch. If it sinks right in, you're dealing with wood rot and will need replacement timber.

3. Wobbly Handrails

Railings are often the only thing standing between us and a nasty fall. Even if your porch is low to the ground, a wobbly handrail can still be dangerous if someone leans against it and it can't support their weight. Grab hold of the railing and give it a firm shake. It shouldn't move at all. If it does, it needs to be repaired for safety reasons.

4. Crumbling Stairs

Much the same as handrails, stairs need to be in good, solid condition to keep you and your family safe. If they've degraded over time due to wood rot or just wear and tear, Mr. Handyman can replace them entirely. We can also paint/stain and seal them for finishing touches.

5. Peeling Paint or Wood Stain

When paint or wood stain is peeling and chipping off, it's more than just a minor cosmetic issue—though it’s unattractive as well. It's a sign the material underneath is exposed to the ravages of moisture damage, such as rot.

Pressure washing is an ideal solution to prime for deck refinishing. It doesn't just wash off dirt, it strips peeling paint and wood stain off more efficiently than sanding—leaving a smooth, clean surface for you to paint. Don't want to take that on yourself? No problem! Mr. Handyman offers exterior remodeling services that include painting, staining, and sealing.

6. Footings are Heaving or Dropping

Most outdoor platforms are built with concrete footings that do a lot to improve their stability. But if deck construction was carried out years ago on soil that has since shifted, or the footings weren't poured deep enough, it can cause them to crack or drop. If that's the case, it's important you get a deck repair specialist from Mr. Handyman to repair the concrete. This maintains the integrity of your home, and your peace of mind.

7. Soil Eroding Around Posts

Another very important factor to check for underneath your porch is soil erosion around the posts. Over time, shifting soil and landscaping changes can lead to grading and drainage issues that cause the soil to wear away from the posts. If the lower part of the post becomes exposed, it can seriously compromise and destabilize the whole structure.

8. You Don't Have a Deck

Okay, technically you don't need repairs if you don't have a deck or porch to begin with. But if that's the situation you're in—or you have a structure that’s falling apart or just doesn't suit your needs—the team of deck building experts at Mr. Handyman will do a full remodel or create your dream outdoor space from the ground up! We have a reputation for quality craftsmanship and extensive experience in custom decks. Whatever you can dream up, we can make a reality.

Mr. Handyman is Wichita's Best Choice for Deck Repair Services!

Ready to get started on transforming your outdoor living space? So are we! Mr. Handyman of Wichita Metro Area is committed to providing a wide range of high-quality repairs and maintenance services for your home or commercial building. Customer satisfaction is always our number one priority.

If you have questions about deck repairs, or want to know more about our services, give us a call today at 316-285-1217. You can also contact us online to chat with our friendly customer service staff. We look forward to using our talents to enhance your property!