What to expect when getting your deck repaired

Spring is the best time of the year to get your deck repaired. Decks make a great outdoor area to relax or entertain guests. If your deck is in need of repair, here are some things you can expect from a professional to make your deck safe and ready for the warm weather.

A professional will check the deck flooring and railing for damage. You may need some pieces replaced or all pieces replaced. This will typically depend on the wear and tear of the boards and the age of the deck. A contractor should be able to tell you what areas need to be replaced and which places are in good condition. Keep in mind that there may be unforeseen damage in places that may not come up during the initial consultation.

Once you have decided what places may need repair, the professional will do his best to ensure that the other pieces can be salvaged. However, sometimes during the process of demolition, boards may split or become damaged. If this happens, the contractor will notify you and a new plan will be put into action.

Most deck professionals prefer to use screws instead of nails to support flooring and railings. Although screws cost a little more than nails, they are better at keeping the boards anchored over time. Your contractor will discuss this option with you during consultation.

Once your deck has been successfully repaired, you will need to have it painted or stained. A professional should be able to paint or stain it right away or you may schedule it at another time. Don’t wait too late to have it stained and sealed. You will want to have it stained and sealed within a month of repair to avoid weather damage.

A total deck renovation, including repair and staining, can take up to a week depending on the size of the deck and the amount of repair needed. Don’t wait until summer to get your deck repaired.  Jeremak Handyman Services can make sure that your deck is ready for spring weather with a free consultation. Contact us now to schedule.

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