Does Your Deck Need To Be Repaired
- Your Deck Is Past It’s Prime- Though decks can last for decades they also withstand a lot of abuse over the years. Weather alone can cause cracks, warping and weakness. It can be years before this happens but when it does your decking will need some repair work.
- Insect Damage- Termites, in particular, are notorious for destroying wood. In the wake of a termite infestation wooden beams lose their structural integrity. If you see signs of termites, make sure to take care of the issue right away and then look into having your decking inspected to see where any repair work is needed.
- Wood Rot- Wood rot can make your decking extremely unstable and even dangerous to walk on. Onc e you notice an area of wood rot you’ll want to have the entire decking inspected.
- Fittings And Fixtures- Fittings and fixtures can age over time and weaken the stability of the decking. Rusted and/or broken fittings should be replaced as soon as possible.
- Loose Railings- Its common for railing to loosen over time but this can be a safety hazard so address the loose railings as soon as possible especially along steps as the railing is often used as a support.
- Mold And Mildew- Living where there is a lot of moisture its common to see mildew and even mold growth however, if growth begins to resemble a flower-like or mushroom-like shape then these will need to be treated immediately. Growth that is green in color is normal and can be washed away with a mild soap and water.
Deck Installation Tips
When it comes to your decking there are a few things to consider as decking is considered an addition to your home living space. The floor plan of your home, position to the sun, landscaping, exterior utility locations and even which side of your home withstands the most wind are all things to consider prior to deck installation. Other factors include the size and shape of your decking, the flow of people traffic, how much privacy you desire, and the aesthetics of your decking which include things like railing styles. A deck can completely transform your outdoor living space so it’s important to consider every aspect of what you wish to accomplish with it.
What Types Of Decking Are There
Vinyl decking products are available in many forms, including hollow extrusions and cellular (solid) products. Hollow extrusions are frequently used for both decking and railings. On the other hand, cellular products enable manufacturers to create decking products with a more wood-like appearance for those who want a more natural look to their deck.
Vinyl decking is very resistant to mold and mildew as well as pest damage. You also have the benefit of avoiding splinters that can some with wood. Vinyl decks come in a wide range of sizes that allow for many deck styles all while being low maintenance.
Composite decking, also known as engineered wood products, come in a bewildering number of variations. Some offer solid boards while others are hollow. Some are “capped” or “co-extruded” with a layer of PVC while others are not. Some require multiple components for assembly while others are more like building with wood. What is common to all is they are made with recycled fibers, plastics, and binding agents.
Like vinyl decking, composite decking is pre-finished. Composites create the appearance of real wood decks, but they don’t need staining or painting and require little maintenance. Dirt can be washed off with a mild detergent and a hose. Composites are environmentally friendly, too. Up to 95 percent of materials used in manufacture are from recycled sources. They include materials as diverse as wood flour, rice hulls, and plastic containers.
Wood is the traditional material for building decks, with pressure-treated Southern Yellow Pine being the most popular. Many of our customers choose pressure-treated wood for its affordability and longevity. For those who want the most natural look, cedar is the ideal choice because it naturally doesn’t absorb water and won’t twist or split.
Wood can be crafted in a wide variety of styles and painted or stained in an infinite number of colors. The initial cost of a wood deck is significantly less than a vinyl or composite deck. Properly constructed and maintained, it will be quite durable and will last for decades. In addition, wood can withstand high winds better than other materials. Unlike petro-based materials, wood, if sustainably harvested, is renewable.
Not only do decks provide additional living space, they also increase the value of your home and can even increase the energy efficiency of your home. Whether you’re looking to get a deck for the first time or in need of repair, Assured Exteriors can help you find the best deck for your home in Vancouver Washington.