With the arrival of spring and the promise of warmer temperatures in the
near future, you may have dreams of barbecuing out on your deck. But before
that can happen, however, your deck may be in need of a little TLC.
Winter weather conditions can take a serious toll on wood decks and the
natural aging process also contributes to the general wear and tear. Fortunately
for most homeowners, it's nothing some time and attention can't
remedy. Before you spend spring and summer days on your deck, use the
following information as a helpful guide toward a possible need for deck repair.
Rough Textured Boards
Aging wood decks can be a major culprit for splinters, particularly if
yours has been out of commission for a while. The natural glue in the
wood is prone to breakdowns and this can cause splits across your deck.
If you find this to be a problem on your own deck, it is time to have
the surface resealed.
Without reliable sealant protecting your deck, you run the risk of extreme
exposure to the sun and other weather conditions. When the sealant begins
to bubble or crack, you will need to strip the deck and reseal it.
Although it may be more for aesthetics, staining can also affect the overall
quality of a deck, as well. Staining that has become uneven or abnormal
should be treated quickly. If you notice moss growth, it is important
to treat this, as it may indicate water infiltration in the wood.
Inability to Resist Water
The sign of a good deck is its ability to easily resist water. To test
this, just pour a cup of water onto your deck. Water that is absorbed
into the wood instead of merely beading on the surface means your deck
should be treated before making use of it.
Over time, the wooden boards of a deck can expand because of temperature
changes and water exposure. This can weaken your deck and eventually even
lead to wood rot. By taking care of the problem when you first notice
it, you can eliminate more serious future problems.
Don't wait until the middle of summer to take care of your deck! The
Chicago deck repair team at Fence Masters can treat your deck with efficiency
to give you many years of enjoyment outside.
Call us today to schedule your free estimate.