Resurfacing a deck can seem like a daunting task. Luckily there are signs to take note of that are helpful in determining whether or not it’s time to resurface your deck. Outdoor decks take a considerable amount of maintenance and care to guarantee their long-term health. Homeowners tend not to realize the wear and tear an outdoor wooden deck takes during the fall, winter and spring. By taking note of a few small signs on your outdoor deck, you can save yourself of a horrible accident to you or your loved ones and save lots of money in long-term upkeep of the deck. Also keep in mind that the experts at OLeary & Sons are more than happy to help with all of your decking needs. Whether you’d like a completely new deck installed, or you could simply use a resurfacing job, O’Leary & Sons are among the most reputable deck resurfacing contractors in Colorado Springs. For more info on how to tell whether or not your deck needs to be resurfaced, check out the list below.
The Wood is Beginning to Splinter and Crack
Smaller cracks can be resealed, but if you start to notice larger cracks on more than one board, it’s time to start thinking about replacing them. Problems like these have a tendency to only get worse over time so the sooner they can get rectified, the better. Cracked and splintered wood is usually a hazard waiting to harm someone, too. Once you start to notice widespread issues with the surface of the boards on your deck, you should start considering getting some resurfacing work done.
Mold & Mildew Start Appearing on the Wood
Rotting wood is a common sign that your deck needs to be resurfaced. Rain, snow and ice that sits on old wood or plastic decking can soak into the boards and eventually cause decay. Aside from seeing mold or mildew, boards that are soft and spongy are typically at risk of rotting away. Homeowners should check the surface of their deck to ensure that there’s no rotting within the wood as often as possible. If you notice any mold on the boards, they’ll need to be replaced before you can consider doing any other type of work.
Loosened Screw Boards
Nails often pop out of wood decking due to contraction of the wood during hot and cold periods and because of simple day-to-day usage. Simply hammering the fixtures back into place could damage the integrity of the deck. Similar to splinters and cracks within the wood, loose fixtures pose a safety hazard for those who regularly use the deck. If you notice a substantial amount of nails and fixtures emerging from the surface of the wood, it may be time to consider getting some resurfacing work done. Aside from the safety risks that the loose nails present, they are one of the most common signs that deck resurfacing is desperately needed.
For more information on deck resurfacing in Colorado Springs, contact O’Leary & Sons at your earliest convenience.