Rotting or Loose Posts
Deck posts hold the foundation of your deck in place, so if a post is rotting or loose, there can be both safety and structural concerns. Posts lose strength as they decay and eventually they will not be able to hold the weight of the deck. Having posts replaced by professional deck builders is the safest and best option for your extending the life of your deck.
Unsecured Ledger Boards & Flashing
Ledger boards are an important part of your deck – they secure the deck to your home. A ledger board that is rotting or not secured properly to your home can cause the deck to fall off the house completely! The other critical ledger component to look at is the flashing. Ledger flashing prevents water from getting between the deck and the ledger that attaches to your house. Ensuring that the flashing is not rotting, deteriorating or missing is essential to the lasting structure of your deck.
Boards that are starting to splinter and break are a sure sign of deterioration. Check each board to ensure they are not starting to split from age and wear, protecting your guests’ feet from splinters. We use only PVC and composite decking which has the appearance of wood, but is built to last without need for staining and worrying about splinters.
A cracked board is weakened and not able to maintain the weight it previously was meant to handle. Replacing one or two cracked boards is an important but simple fix. However, if several boards have begun to crack and break, then replacing the entire deck is in order. If left unfixed, cracked or worn boards will eventually break completely and could become a safety concern.
Swaying and Shaking Railings
While loose railings will not cause your deck to collapse, they are a significant safety hazard. Railings that are secured by nails alone will always eventually come loose. The expert deck builders at Allrite Home & Remodeling will secure railings with bolts, washers, and nuts to ensure safety and stability. Never ignore a loose railing, especially if you have small children, as they can come loose and break which could result in a serious fall and injury.
Get in touch with an Allrite Home & Remodeling expert if you notice any of the following signs on your current deck.