Get on the Right Deck

When it comes to home improvement or repair there is no single project that is more beloved and sought after than the inclusion of a new deck or porch to your home or back yard. A recent poll found that more than 73 percent of home owners said that they actually wanted an entirely new deck, or were willing to renovate their current deck. This is why there is an old joke that says that says decks are what pays a carpenters bills. This is because there is little to no protection to these often times entirely wooden structures and you need to know what you are getting yourself into when you do set up shop for a deck, and that is the fact that if you don’t take care of these suckers early and often then you are going to run into trouble sooner rather than later and you are going to need to get back to work the right way.

There are so many things to consider and we often are tempted to think that we are just going to go for the cheapest bid no matter what when making our decisions. But don’t just jump right in because it could be no one who has the last laugh when you are sitting on top of a pile of destroyed wood and hardware.

Here is a check list of things you need to consider when looking at your deck to make sure it will stand the test of time.
First up is the biggy which is most visible and will make the biggest difference in terms of looks and that is if you are having any kind of split or decaying wood. Check several different areas the deck to be sure the wood is still in peak form. Pay close attention to any area that tend to remain damp because this is going to give you trouble down the road no matter what so make sure you take care of your drainage.

Next up is the flashing. Flashing is a metal or plastic guard that directs water out and away from sensitive areas. This is often install where deck and homes come together. Keeping the moisture and debris from collecting is going to help in regards to the aforementioned problem of moisture damage.

Stairs are really a big concern for you if you are going to be in it to win it for the long run. Check any railing or hand rails first and be sure they are firmly held in place. Check also that the risers and stringers to be certain they are securely attached are free of decay. Stairs are danger so stay on top of them, or they will get on top of you.

Next is kind of boring and no one ever wants to do it but make sure you do the proper cleaning and maintenance of your deck to make sure it remains long hard and clean. A clean deck is a good deck.

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