Like taking care of your roof and siding, you have to make sure that your deck is in good shape. The same things that can affect the rest of your home’s exterior can damage a deck over time, but knowing the different signs that point to early problems can help you prevent extensive damage to your outdoor space.
Stains on Surfaces
Stains on your deck surfaces are not just unsightly, but they may also hint at something more serious. While they can easily be removed with water or a cleaning agent, the source of the stain could be connected to moisture damage in key areas of the deck. Have pros like Mid America Exteriors look at stained areas to see if there are damaged components that need to be fixed.
Split or Broken Boards
Wear and tear combined with foot traffic can cause some floorboards on your deck to get damaged. In some cases, horizontal boards can fall off if they deteriorated long enough (much like worn out vinyl siding). You need to have split or broken boards replaced before someone accidentally steps on them and gets injured in the process. To be sure, have adjacent boards checked to see if they’re already prone to breaking as well.
Decks are often held together by thick bolts. Over time, changes in temperature and general wear and tear can cause bolts to come loose, weakening the deck’s structure. If you see a bolt and it’s loose enough that you can move it on your own hands, you need to have a deck expert tighten or replace the bolt ASAP.
A common problem with decks, dry rot is a result of moisture or excessive humidity causing the fibers in the wood to weaken. Dry rot also causes other problems such as bacteria or mold growth, and rotten wood never looks good on any deck. Have rotted parts of your deck repaired or replaced before they lead to bigger problems.