The 3 Most Common DIY Deck Repairs (and When to Call a Pro)

The 3 Most Common DIY Deck Repairs (and When to Call a Pro)

After a full summer of food, laughter and fun, it is common to see a little wear and tear on your deck. It’s important to take care of any little problems as early as possible so that they don’t turn into bigger (and more expensive) issues. Luckily, many of the most common deck repairs can be taken care of by a handy homeowner. Problem #1: You spot some water damage Whether it’s a winter snowstorm or a gentle summer rain, your deck is exposed to water all year long. When your deck is first constructed, the contractor will place a sealant to protect it from any water damage. This sealant needs to be reapplied every few years to ensure that the wood remains resistant to any water that lands on its surface. In order to see if your deck needs to be resealed, your best course of action is a simple water test. Sprinkle some water on your deck and see what happens.  If the water beads, then your sealant is still fine. If the water absorbs into the deck, then it is time to reseal. You can purchase sealant at your local hardware store. Thoroughly clean and dry your deck and then apply the sealant according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Problem #2: You see some rotting boards Wood rot is a common problem for deck owners. The only way to fix rot is to replace (and reseal) the affected boards. While you are replacing the board, you will also want to check for the cause of the rot. Is there a gutter streaming water onto your deck? An...
Why You Should Build Your Deck in Late Summer

Why You Should Build Your Deck in Late Summer

There is nothing like having a new deck in your backyard. A deck creates an opportunity to sit and relax, while soaking up the sun and the outdoors. It also provides a gathering place for your family and friends. For this reason, spring tends to be the prime season for building a new deck. Homeowners anticipate a full summer season of sitting, eating and playing outside with their friends and family. However, due to the demand, spring – and even the second most popular season, winter – can be a rough time to build a deck. Not only are you fighting for your contractors time and attention, you are subject to the higher prices that come with high demand. If you’ve been thinking about building a deck, late summer and fall are two of the best times to start your project. Here’s a look at just three reasons why: Better schedules: As the busy summer season comes to an end, your contractor will have more time and attention to give to your project. Often this means a shorter wait time to get the project started and quicker completion. Better prices: As contractors head into the off-season, they still need to keep their crews busy. Often this results in them willing to give better prices or discounts. Better weather: Decks built during the winter and spring can suffer from unpredictable weather. Your project often goes a lot smoother in the late summer and early fall when weather patterns tend to be much more predictable. Depending on where you live, it is also possible that there will still be time to...