Summer seems to be slipping away quickly. And, while you've hosted many barbecues on your back deck, you might not have had time to properly take care of it.
August is the perfect month to conduct a deck inspection and make any repairs before the time comes to prepare it for winter. Below are tips on some issues to watch for and how to fix them.
Inspect The Deck
It's important to do a thorough inspection of your deck every summer. You don't want to step through a rotted board or have a railing break away from under you.
Be sure to pay extra attention to places close to the ground or near water sources, such as under planters and next to the water spigot.
Check For Rot
Take a screwdriver and poke areas of the deck that look like they could be rotting.
If you can push the screwdriver in a quarter inch or more, then you'll need to consider replacing the board. However if the hole is smaller than the size of a tennis ball, you can fill it with wood preservative and save some money.
Go under the deck if possible. You'll need to check the supporting beams for any serious problems. Dangerous scenarios occur when the structure of the deck is compromised.
If you find an issue with a beam that cannot be removed because it's holding up the deck, then reinforce it on both sides with pressure-treated lumber. Then scrape away the decomposing area.
Shake It Up
Give the railings a good shake to make sure they are structurally sound. Check for cracking around screw and nail holes.
If you find one, then remove the screw or nail, seal with exterior adhesive and drill a new hole to secure again.
Look For Cupping
Cupping occurs when wood absorbs and releases moisture, which may cause the floor planks to bow and warp. You want to make sure that guests and your family don't trip over unruly slats. It might be a good idea to rent a professional-quality sander and even out the imperfections.
Perform a deck inspection to make sure your outdoor area is in suitable condition. Serious injuries can occur when homeowners don't take the time to properly inspect and maintain their outdoor living spaces. Not to mention, it saves money to catch issues early and not have to replace the entire structure.
For more helpful tips on periodic home maintenance, please feel free to contact your trusted mortgage professional today.
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