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Signs that it is Time for a Deck Repair

Time for a Deck Repair?

Deck repair and maintenance is critical to ensure the longevity and safety of your deck. Now that spring is here, the following article will help you determine if your deck is fit for service this season or is in need of repair and routine maintenance.


If You Need a Deck Repair…

Time for a deck repair?

Time for a deck repair?

With the following tips, homeowners can quickly spot and diagnose some common problems associated with their deck’s exposure to the harsh winter weather.   Taking action to resolve these issues quickly will help prevent premature failure and costly replacement of your deck and increase its function and longevity.  Whether you decide to hire a professional to maintain or repair the deck, or do the work yourself, here are some common problems you should be looking for this spring.


Deck Repair and Maintenance Inspection Tips

Referencing the North American Deck & Railing Association’s Consumer Checklist, here are four problem areas I believe every homeowner can easily spot on their home’s deck.

  1. Decayed or Rotted Wood: Pay particular attention to areas that appear to remain wet.  You want to find any wood that is rotted or decayed.  If such an area has splintered, attempt to pull a piece off.  Or, use a screwdriver to poke and pick at the wood.  If it feels soft or spongy, that is a tell-tale sign that the wood must be replaced, indicating it is time to call a deck repair professional.

    Deck rot

    Standing Water Can Cause Deck Rot

  2. Deck Fasteners: Fasteners include nails, screws and anchors.  If you see a lot of nails sticking out, or screws that have corroded, this could be a sign of a bigger problem.  Corroded, loose, or missing fasteners can continue to damage the wood around them and undermine the structural integrity of the deck, railings and stairs.  If you spot such damage, consider calling a deck repair professional to further evaluate the problem.

    Nails Sticking Up From Deck Boards

    Nails Sticking Up From Deck Boards

  3. Railings, Banisters and Stairs: Push on the railing and banisters to make sure they are secure.  Examine the deck surface and stair treads to make sure there is no sagging or cracked boards.  Stand on the deck surface and deck stairs and shift your weight back and forth to see if there is any sway or excessive bounce.  If you note any of these problems, this could be a sign that a deck repair is necessary.

    Cracked Deck Boards

    Cracked Deck Boards

  4. Cleaning and Maintenance: Mold, moss and discoloration all can damage the deck wood quickly if not quickly removed and properly sealed.  Deck cleaning and maintenance is an entire topic in and of itself—so if you’re not comfortable cleaning and sealing your own deck, it is time to call a deck repair professional.

    Mold Growth on Deck Boards

    Mold Growth on Deck Boards


For More Information on Deck Repair

For more information on how to spot deck problems, or general questions on deck construction, deck maintenance, and deck inspection, the North American Deck and Railing Association has a fantastic web site with a wealth of information for homeowners.

For Help With a Deck Repair

ProMaster Home Repair & Handyman of Cincinnati is a great choice for those who don’t have the time or inclination to perform their own deck repairs. Whether you notice wood rot, mold growth, or simply need periodic deck maintenance, ProMaster has a skilled team of professionals who understand that attention to detail, artistry and precise craftsmanship are the keys to success in any deck repair project.

Our Master Craftsmen are professionals who have honed their carpentry skills by experience and a quest for perfection. Keep in mind that these craftsmen aren’t just carpenters; they are skilled at other home repair tasks like carpentry, concrete & masonry, drywall & paint, electrical, flooring & tile, plumbing and roofing. Our multi-skilled craftsmen represent a distinct advantage over other repair contractors due to their ability to perform numerous tasks associated with a deck repair project.

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  1. My decking needs replaced,but im trying to go about it,the cheapest way that I can.Any suggestions?

    • HandymanCincy says

      Two important questions you need to ask yourself:

      1. How long do you want the deck to last?
      2. How much maintenance are you willing to do each year on it?

  2. This is a very helpful read. Many homeowners may have been experiencing the dilemma whether to have their decks replaced or repaired. With the information provided, it can now get easier to make a decision. It is just important to note that whatever decision it is, it is of great significance that a credible contractor should be employed and that proper maintenance of the deck should be practiced upon completion of the project.

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