Decks are excellent recreational facilities for any home. They add value to the home, and add significantly to recreational opportunities. Like any other aspect of a residence, they need proper maintenance. SOS Handyman has a complete range of deck handyman services, everything from design and installation to repair and replacement.
We can design, and install decks. We inspect, and if appropriate repair or replace deck elements such as ledger boards and posts. We repair and replace balusters and stair stringers. We repair and replace deck boards, and we repair and install railings. We stain decks, and cover them with a sealant. Renewing the stain and resealing decks are among the deck services SOS Handyman offers.
Decks should be regularly inspected. A well-built deck should last from fifteen to thirty years, but that will vary with the kind of wood used to build it. A redwood deck might last thirty years, and composite woods fifteen. A hardwood deck might last fifty years, if maintained well.
Decks are exposed to weather and moisture, which can result in decay in wood. Dry rot can occur in decks, and inspection can show these weak spots, which we will remove and replace. Sometimes decks can develop mold or mildew, which a thorough power washing can remove.
Readying a deck for the summer season should include a thorough sweeping and washing, ideally a power wash. Getting it ready for summer should also include a thorough inspection. Sometimes nails or screws can pop, loosening boards or steps. Dealing with these immediately can prevent them from developing into something more serious. Because decks are used for social occasions as well as for family recreation, any defect in a deck could result in saftey issues, so keeping them in top condition is important.