Does Your Deck Needs Repairs?
Strong, Secure and Safe
1. The loss of deck connectors
The core of most home decks include wood, nails, screws and strong metal connectors to keep the deck safe and sturdy. These connections provide the necessary reinforcement to your decks structure and safeguard that it remains secure and supported while in use. If you inspect your deck and see problems such as only wood and nails because of incorrect design or general lack upkeep), your deck may be unsafe and should be evaluated.
2. Loose Connections
After years of enjoyment here in the Rockies, your deck will experience wear and tear because of the harsh conditions. Depending on how your deck was built, connections can be come loosened or separated over time, which will compromise the strength and sturdiness of your deck.
So what you should look for? You may find weak connections that include loose steps and wobbly railings that look to be moving away from the home.
3. Deterioration of Connectors and Fasteners
Since your deck is always exposed to the elements, connectors can break down much faster here at altitude. Strong brackets and solid fasteners should not appear deteriorated (rust, corrosion, etc.). If you see any areas of concern, call us to give you an evaluation.
4. Wood Damage & Rot
In Colorado, the constant fluctuation in temperatures, strong UV, and sitting snow among other things can create perfect conditions for wood rot which will compromise the integrity of your deck over time. Look for boards and structural elements for any visible signs of rot. You may see discoloration, mold, mildew and areas that are softer than others. It’s critical to replace weakened wood boards beams as soon as possible to prevent spreading.
5. Finding Cracks in Wood
AS wood dries, it’s very common for cracks to develop as it ages. Some cracks are normal and should be expected, cracked, warped and splintering wood lead to painful splinters and indicates a weakling deck structure making it vulnerable to collapse.
Are any of these problems compromising the safety and integrity of your home deck? Rocky Mountain Decks are experts in the home deck solutions. Get in touch and we’ll give your deck a thorough evaluation, identifying any problem areas and the needed fixes needed to get your deck back into tip-top shape.