Rotting can be a common issue for a deck. After being in the elements for enough time, usually, a few months, dust and moisture start to break down decking, with moisture serving as the biggest cause for rotting.
You want to keep the wood on your deck protected, and the good news is that you can protect your decking from rot using a few methods. Here is how to keep deck rot from occurring.
Check Your Deck Regularly
Staying vigilant and keeping an eye on your deck is always helpful. Roughly every 2-3 months, see if any moisture has gotten into your decking boards. If you notice the boards are starting to decay, this is a sign that you’ll need to replace those boards at once.
Joist Tape and Flashing
Joist tape and flashing make for another effective solution. Any time you replace your deck boards, you’ll want to use these materials. Flashing joist tape protects your decking against moisture and different pests that could otherwise get to your joists. This ensures that the substructure of your decking remains strong.
When applying joist tape, it should go on the tops of your joists, ledger boards, and rim joists. You can contact a decking company if you want to be sure you’re applying the joist tape as you should.
Make Sure Your Deck Has No Standing Water Around It
As we’ve mentioned earlier, moisture is the main cause for deck rotting, and that means you’ll want to keep water away from your decking all of the time. Standing water can be a concern, and you should see if standing water is surrounding your decking posts. You’re more likely to see standing water after it’s rained, so be sure to check your decking after any rain has passed. As long as you get rid of the water from the nearby vicinity of your deck, you’re much less likely to experience any problems with rotting.
Work With a Professional Decking Company
Sometimes, it’s just safer when you have a professional decking company helping you protect your deck from rotting. They understand all of the factors that can put decking at risk for rotting, and this helps them devise efficient strategies for preventing this rotting. There is an upfront cost for their services, but the cost of maintenance is lower than what it would cost to make repairs later if rotting were to occur.
Contact Albaugh & Sons
Since 2003, Albaugh & Sons, LLC has been dedicated to meeting the fencing, decking, and home remodeling needs of homeowners throughout the greater Frederick area. All of our team members are experienced, well-trained, and committed to exceeding the expectations of every customer.