Outdoor Deck Repairs
When it comes to repairing your outdoor deck, you might find yourself struggling with difficult processes or without the expensive power tools needed to do the job correctly. If ever you’re in this predicament you can look to your local experts Beach Floors to help you get your deck repairs done well the first time.
Once the areas needing repair have been located, those will need to be removed. Use of a pry bar or drill is common to remove the fasteners holding the wood in place. If the damage is only cosmetic, these boards can be flipped over and reused to save money, but when the damage passes a certain point, the board will have to be replaced. Find a similarly treated and coloured piece of pressure treated lumber to replace the board with.
When the joists are exposed they should be checked for rotten and damaged portions. Any rotten or damaged portions of joists should be removed and the joists reinforced with rotted wood putty. A clear sealer should be applied to the treated joist to keep it from rotting further. If the joist needs to be reinforced, a reinforcing joist can be cut to size and treated with a clear sealer before being attached to the joist.
The replacement boards for deck repairs should be cut to size and weathered to match the existing deck. Once dry, these boards can also be stained to match the neighbouring boards. Once similar in appearance, the decking should be attached to the joists in the same way as the others, whether they were attached with nails or screws. Extra care should be taken to match the space between the boards to keep the spacing and general appearance of the boards similar to the original deck. In each of these steps, we are always striving to match the new boards as similarly as possible to the old ones so that the repair is unnoticeable and the deck presents as it would if there had never been any damage at all. For this purpose, many homeowners buy excess wood when building their deck and keep it stored safely in case they need to make repairs. If this practice is held to, the matter of matching your boards is a simple task of recreating the distress the boards have sustained over their life exposed to the elements. This is much easier when the boards were the same colour to begin with.
No home project is without it’s headaches and the experts at Beach Floors are always ready to help repair your deck quickly and cost-effectively. So get in touch with any questions about deck repair or deck building. We’re also always available to advise you or meet your flooring needs, including installation of all types of flooring, flooring repair, sanding or polishing.
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