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Look up at the ceiling over your head, and also think about the roof above it. You are lucky to have that shelter. Of course, you worked hard to afford it, but that point aside — someone else worked really hard to build it. Our point here is that without construction workers and contractors, we would not have homes in which to live. We all value our homes, and of course, we value the other buildings we spend time in, too. Everyone has a different way of showing their appreciation for this work. Our way is to write about construction on this blog. Your way could be reading about construction on this same blog!


Contractors Keep Us Sheltered

Protecting Your Home's Deck: Signs That Your Deck Needs Repair

by Glenda Perkins

Early spring is the best time to evaluate your deck for any potential repair needs. It's important that you do this evaluation every year to identify any potential problems that need to be addressed in order to keep your deck in good condition. If you've never done a deck inspection, you should know what types of things you need to watch for. Here's a look at some common issues to look for when inspecting your deck.

Loose Nails

Your deck boards are held in place with nails that keep those boards secured to the cross beams. Over time, wear and tear on the deck will cause those nails to come loose, backing out of the cross beams. Loose nails can be a safety hazard in many ways, not only due to the threat of injury from the nails themselves, but also from the loose deck boards that these nails can create.

You'll want to take time to look at all of the nails on your deck to be sure that they are all flat and secure. If any nails have come loose, you should either hammer them back in or replace them with new nails if they're damaged. This will help keep your deck structurally sound.

Deck Board And Post Damage

Another important element to look for when you're dealing with routine deck inspections is the condition of your deck's posts and boards. Any signs of damage, including rotting, pest infestations, or other structural issues, should all be cause for concern. You'll want to have any damaged posts and deck boards replaced as soon as possible to ensure that your deck stays in good structural condition.

Sanding And Staining

One of the things that protects the condition of the wood on your deck is the stain that you coat the wood with. Over time, that stain will appear faded, which means it will need to be reapplied to keep your deck protected against pests and other types of damage. This requires routine sanding and staining to help keep the wood protected. It's best for you to work with a deck repair contractor to handle this so that you can be sure that the sealant is applied correctly and preserves the condition of the deck wood.

These are some of the most important factors that you'll need to consider when it comes to protecting your home's deck. With these tips and the help of a deck repair contractor, you'll be able to keep your home's deck in good condition for many years to come. Contact a deck repair service to learn more.