A deck is undoubtedly an additional feature to your home. Without costing you an arm and a leg, you can simply lounge on a couch, relax with nature and enjoy the outdoor experience. However, time is taking a toll on decks. Over the years, many decks are exposed to elements, be it man-made or natural, that significantly affecting its integrity and structural features. There are damaging signs to watch for to maintain your deck’s stability and prolong its use. These signs require immediate attention which may also be an indication that you need a deck repair. So, to ensure that you are preventing your deck from further damages and protecting your family and yourself from more dangerous safety hazards, look out for these signs. Here are the things you need to know and evaluate if it’s time to repair or restore your deck.
Damaging Signs and Repair Costs
Your deck should be sturdy and durable to withstand any conditions. However, if any or combination of the following signs is visible, then it’s time to seek professional help from a builder or a deck refinishing contractor. Included are the details of the estimated repair costs you also need to ascertain.call us
Warped, Split or Cracked Deck Boards
Wood can wear over time. Its nature is very susceptible to the damaging effects of changing weather conditions, pests, and other elements. One of the warning signs that your deck needs a repair is when you notice any structural deck damages like warped or cracked boards. These common signs of weathering may weaken the structure which is a potential risk of a deck collapse. Also, an unstable and wobbly deck pose a greater safety hazard because someone might trip on the damaged gap or area. It would also be dangerous to leave the signs unattended because of their potential for splinters. Though it is natural for woods and deck boards to manifest signs of weathering over the years, this can be prevented if properly inspected and maintained. Make sure to always be attentive to any cracks or damages in your deck boards. To lessen its effects, you can ask a professional contractor to help you with deck repair or board replacement. This is helpful to evaluate its severity and provide you the right reparative solution. In case of replacing damaged deck boards or wood, the price varies depending on the size, material, and type of repairs needed. It is usually valued at a typical range to high-end (between $500 to $4000) but normally based on how many deck boards require for repair or replacement. Some contractors may also charge you for labor or carpentry services. In this case, it would be better to contact a professional builder to seek for assistance and an estimate.
Loose Screws and Nails
Deck connectors such as nails, fasteners, and screws act as a support structure or system to maintain stability and strength. These connectors need to be intact and free from corrosion every time. So, if you notice any rust on screws or some nails popping up, then it is a sign that you need a deck repair. It is important to inspect these connectors to evaluate the condition of your whole deck. Remember that water can easily penetrate on nails and screws which may lead to rust formation. Rust is a clear indication of corrosion, so you may expect a deck to weaken anytime if neglected. If you try to hammer back these connectors but it cannot support the deck anymore, it’s time for a deck repair or deck restoration. You may want to consider talking to a deck contractor for a consultation. The cost of replacing or fixing any popped nails or missing screws is usually at low-end range (less than $250). However, it is also dependent on the number of screws or nails needed to be fixed.call us
Rotten Post and Wood
Soft spots, wood discoloration, and spongy deck areas—these are some common characteristics of a rotten wood deck. And this is also an indication that your deck is a great candidate for deck restoration. Moisture and humidity can significantly destroy the structure of the deck. These factors cause bacterial growth, leading to wood rotting. With prolonged exposure to these elements, the wood started to decay which makes the deck weak and unsteady. You may also feel bouncy whenever you walk around the deck. This damage will then be a potential for deck collapse, if not repaired immediately. It is easy to detect a rotten post or wood with the visible signs mentioned above. However, it would be challenging to decide whether you need to perform a deck repair or replace the entire deck itself. Whatever options you have in mind, it is recommendable to seek advice from a professional builder. In this way, they can evaluate the severity of the rotting wood. The rate of repairing rotten wood is at low-end to borderline typical range (between $200 to $600). The cost, however, may increase depending on the size and gravity of the damage and its weight-bearing effects.
Discoloration and Stains
A deck used as an outdoor space for gatherings and family activities is also vulnerable to the effects of spilled substances. The usual fading, stains, and discoloration may not pose a significant effect on the performance of the deck. However, if left unnoticed, it may impose potential damage over the time. Liquid and chemical substances, such as cooking solution, harsh soap or cleaning agents, engine oil or vehicle fluids, would affect the deck’s finishing surfaces. These substances may cause corrosion which will result in extensive and widespread discoloration. Not to mention that it makes your deck look dull and weathered. In this case, you may consider a professional deck refinishing contractor to help you with deck restoration or deck repair. An extensive stain or discoloration impacts the overall appearance of the deck. A deck refinishing contractor can work with you to restore your deck and check other associated structural problems. Staining and sealing for refinishing deck are usually part of the restoration process. The average cost valued at a typical range (between $700 to $3000), but depending on the size, age and condition of the deck. It may also be higher if additional deck work requires.
Unstable Railings and Stairs
Another damaging effect that deck typically suffers from are the instability of railings and stairs. Railings, steps, and staircases form additional features of the deck which also complement its overall appeal. If you notice any signs of loose or weaken railings or stairs, then you need to repair your deck. Shaky stairs or loose railings may impose safety hazards and injuries. Make sure to take an immediate action to fix the damage before an accident occurs. If you see these visible signs, you may evaluate the cost for deck restoration. Replacing or anchoring loose deck stairs normally costs at low-end range (between $100 to $300), especially if the wood and stairs are still in good condition. Fixing unstable deck railings, on the other hand, is higher and usually valued at typical to the high-end range (between $600 to $4000) depending on materials, labor, and size of the areas affected. However, it is important to note that the costs are still based also on the complexity of the project. So, if you want to get a less expensive solution, you can contact a deck refinishing contractor or builder to help you.
Pests Infestation and Molds
Termites and other pests harbor and penetrate the wood which may pose grave effects in the long run. A deck infested with termites and mold affects the integrity of the wood leading to structural damages. Molds, on the other hand, may cause wood rotting. Signs of pest infestation and the existence of mold are also an indication that you may need deck restoration or repair. And in this case, you may consider contacting a deck contractor near you. Though deck repair or restoration doesn’t normally include pest inspection or control, it is also important to deal with a pest control specialist to evaluate your deck with any pest infestations. It is usually rated at low-end range (less than $100).call us
Repair Cost Factors and Process
The costs cited above are usually the average rate of deck restoration or repair services offered in the market today. However, these rates vary as they are still dependent on a lot of factors such as the condition and size of the deck, materials to be used for the project, age of the deck and complexity of the damage. That is the main reason why you need to seek help from any deck builders or deck refinishing contractors to inspect and evaluate the damage. In this case, you can get a price quote that is right-fit to your needs and budget. Also, you must ascertain that the time it takes to complete the deck restoration or repair project can be dependent on the factors mentioned above. Seasonality also affects construction and restoration process. Some projects may prolong due to weather disturbances and constraint. Your contractor would be able to discuss these in detailed once you move into construction. You don’t have to worry. Once your deck is properly maintained and well-restored by your contractor, you can expect an outdoor space that will last for years.
If you find any or a combination of these visible signs on your deck, it’s time to take an immediate action. However, if you are still in doubt as to whether you need a replacement, or deck restoration or a repair, it’s a perfect opportunity to contact a professional contractor to help you. At Deck Ready, we are a team of experts who specialize in deck repair and restoration services. Call us today at 410-205-5890, so we can discuss cost-efficient options and high-quality services you deserved to experience.