A deck is an incredible addition for any home. Decks offer a relaxing outdoor space. It is a place to entertain guests, or to have a family meal under the stars. However, just like any other part of your home, a deck requires regular maintenance and eventual restoration. It is important to know when your deck is in need of restoration. Knowing when it is time to restore your deck can be difficult. Bill Engler Painting would like to share some of the common signs that a deck is due to be refinished.
Faded, Discolored or Worn Deck
One of the most noticeable signs that your deck needs some attention is when the color fades. Fading typically happens due to constant exposure to the sun and weathering elements. A deck that’s lost its vibrant color might be in dire need of refinishing and will need to get a new protective barrier. Additionally, visible wear and tear, such as chipping, peeling, or splintering often indicates that your deck is losing that protective layer and is vulnerable to further damage.
Loose or Wobbly Deck Boards
Over time, the boards on your deck may become loose or wobbly. This is often due to weather changes, which causes the wood to expand and contract. General wear and tear will also cause the boards to become loose. Loose boards are not just a cosmetic issue but are also a major safety hazard as well and should be addressed immediately.
Wood Rot on Deck
Wood rot is a serious sign that your deck requires immediate restoration. This is usually caused by fungi that is consuming the wood. Wood rot will cause the wood to become soft and crumbly. Check for wood rot by poking a screwdriver into the wood, if it sinks in easily, you have a rot problem. Look out for areas with high moisture, like those near planters as these are more prone to rot.
Mold & Mildew on Deck
Mold and mildew appear as dark stains or spots on your deck. They typically occur in damp and shaded areas on the deck. Both mold and mildew can lead to slippery surfaces, presenting a fall risk. Mold and mildew also contribute to wood rot, which could lead to structural issues if not addressed quickly.
See Wood Deck Absorbs Water
A well maintained deck should repel water, causing it to bead up and off the surface. If you notice that water is soaking into your deck instead of beading off, it is time to reseal your deck. A deck that doesn’t repel water is at risk for water damage, including swelling, warping, and rot. When a deck absorbs water, its protective barrier is no longer effectively keeping moisture out.
Loose Deck Railing
If your deck railings are loose this is a major safety hazard. Railings need to be sturdy and reliable, especially on raised or second level decks. Railing often comes loose over time and receives exposure to weathering and other forms of wear and tear.