You’ve been using your deck all throughout the summer. It’s a great perk for many homes, as it gives you another area to relax or entertain. As we enter the fall season, and eventually winter, your deck use will be practically nonexistent (unless you have it screened in). This is the time where maintenance comes into play, and that’s crucial. However, what if that maintenance actually turns out to be a lost cause? Sometimes, you can apply all the maintenance in the world, but it won’t matter if your deck has deeper issues. Especially with the cold weather and snow in a few months, you want to make sure your deck is prepared. Here are some of the signs that say you need a new deck.
Assess The Posts
The posts are clearly one of the most important parts of deck composition. If the posts are lying directly on the footings, it may be a recipe for disaster. This configuration leads to moisture being soaked up, which translates to rotting. Rotting takes away any strength the posts originally had, and as your posts potentially struggle to hold up weight, it brings considerable risk.
The Eye Test
You know how your deck looked when you first had it installed. Based off of the natural eye test, you can tell when things don’t look right. A lot of this has to do with structural damage, which is a clear signal that your deck is no longer functional. If you have rotted wood or loose screws, you’ll notice the deck changing shape. The rot also leaves your deck susceptible to termites, which will accelerate any decaying process. While the initial reaction for many is to power wash and take every other maintenance precaution possible, there comes a time when you have to admit defeat. This is why consistent maintenance is so important, however, because you’ll avoid these situations.
Loose railings are not the biggest indictment of a deck’s lifespan being over, but they’re still important. Railings that do not function are a major safety hazard. This is situation that can be fixed, but it’s easier to simply invest in a full deck replacement. If not, you run the risk of having this problem again in the future.
Deck Installation With Albaugh & Sons
When doing your research on Albaugh & Sons, you’ll find they match up to top deck criteria, and even go beyond it! With impeccable testimonials, a stunning portfolio, and the guarantee that your job will be completed at the BEST quality, you don’t need to look elsewhere.
If you want your very own stylish new deck, Albaugh & Sons guarantees professional installation, repair, and maintenance to keep it like new year round!
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