The Most Common Deck Repairs for Spring
If you've got a nice deck on your home, you're probably pretty excited for spring. It's the time when you can finally start to enjoy your deck again, as the weather gets milder and being outdoors is comfortable. But the winter can do damage to a deck without you realizing, and it's important that you have a look at your deck to be sure there are no dangers waiting for you and your family. Below are some of the most commonly needed deck repairs during the spring.
If your deck has railings, it's important that you check to make sure they are still secure. Water and winter weather can degrade the strength of the connections, especially if screws have rusted or the boards the railings are screwed into have started to rot. An easy way to check is to give the railings a wiggle to make sure they won't fall apart when someone leans against them.
Nails and screws tend to loosen all by themselves, especially after a wet winter. Freezing and thawing water can cause the wood to expand and contract, pushing nails right up and out of the wood. Walk around with a hammer and make sure nothing is poking up.
Wooden decks will degrade over time and before you start using your deck this spring it's a good idea to have a look at the state of the boards. Look for softened wood, edges that are not longer straight, and be sure to have any repairs done before you go out on your deck.
You're always better off safe than sorry, right? Have a look at your deck and make sure that it's secure and ready for the coming spring. That way you can enjoy your outdoor space once the weather is better.