There are a few key things you can look for to determine if your deck needs to be restored:
1. Are the boards warped or cracked?
If you’re unsure whether your deck boards are warped or cracked, there are a few ways to tell.
First, check for any visible signs of damage, such as cracks or splits in the wood. If you see any damage, the board is likely warped or cracked.
Another way to tell is by looking at the ends of the boards. If the ends of the boards are not flush with each other, or if they’re cupped or bowed, then the boards are probably warped.
Finally, you can try bending the board. If it bends easily or cracks when you bend it, then it’s definitely warped or cracked. If you’re unsure, you can always ask for our help. Contact us to proceed.
2. Is the paint or finish faded, chipped, or peeling?
If your wood deck’s paint or finish is faded, chipped, or peeling, it’s time to refinish them. Here are four ways to tell if your deck needs to be refinished:
- The colour of the wood is faded.
- The finish is chipped or peeling.
- The wood is dull and lifeless.
- The deck feels rough when you walk on it.
If you notice any of these signs, it’s time to refinish your deck. Otherwise, your deck will deteriorate, and eventually, you’ll have to replace it.
To refinish your deck, start by power washing it to remove all the dirt, grime, and debris. Then, sand down the wood to prepare it for the new paint or stain. Once you’ve done that, apply a new coat of paint or stain and enjoy your refreshed deck!
Feel like the task is too much? We can help you.
3. Are the screws or nails rusting?
There are a few things you can look for to know if your deck screws or nails are rusting.
The first thing is to look at the decking boards themselves. If you see any discolouration, staining, or chipping, this could be a sign that the fasteners are beginning to rust.
Another thing to look for is any rust on the heads of the screws or nails. This is a sure sign that the metal is beginning to corrode and will need to be replaced soon.
If you see any of these signs, you must act quickly to prevent further damage to your deck. Replacing rusty fasteners is a simple and inexpensive way to keep your deck looking its best.
4. Is the wood itself rotting?
There are several ways to tell if your deck’s wood is rotting. One way is to look for signs of mould or mildew, indicating that the wood is beginning to break down.
Another way is to look for cracks, warping, or other damage to the wood.
Finally, you can try pushing a nail into the wood; if it goes in quickly, the wood is probably rotting. If you’re unsure whether your deck’s wood is rotting, it’s best to consult a professional for an assessment.
5. Do the boards feel spongy or soft when you walk on them?
If your deck’s boards feel spongy or soft when you walk on them, it’s likely that they’re rotted and need to be replaced. You can check for rot by looking for signs of decay, such as discolouration, warping, or crumbling.
If the boards are only slightly spongy, you may be able to repair them by sanding or replacing only the affected areas. However, if the rot is severe, it’s best to replace the entire board.
If your deck has any of the issues mentioned, then it’s time to start thinking about restoring your deck. The sooner you address the problem, the less damage will be done, and the more manageable the restoration will be. So don’t delay; contact us if you have any questions or need help checking your deck.