After you’ve lived in your home for a while, things start to get worn out. This is especially true if you have a busy family, with active kids and energetic pets. One area of the home that takes a lot of wear and tear is the deck. The site of family fun, including barbecues, water gun fights, and other adventures, can get run down without you even noticing. Not sure how your deck is doing? Take this small three question quiz and see if it’s time to replace of upgrade the deck.
How’s Your Deck Doing? Size Does Matter!
The number one problem most people have with their deck is that it’s just not big enough. The events of 2020, when many of us did the majority of our socializing and entertaining at home, made this clear. If there’s not enough space on your deck for your family to do everything they want to do there, it’s time to talk to your Peabody deck company about an upgrade.
Safety First: A Look at Decking, Railings, Stairs
Here in Peabody, MA, we experience four full seasons of weather. Summers can be blisteringly hot, while temperatures in the winter drop below freezing regularly. This range of temperatures, plus the wind, rain, ice, and snow, can have a negative impact on the condition of your deck. The actual deck should be flat and level, with no boards that are split, twisted, warped, or otherwise damaged. Are any railings, handrails, or posts missing or damaged? Sometimes rambunctious pets or a fun game can get out of control and things get broken. Stairs should be safe, secure, and level. If they’re not, talk to your Peabody deck company to see if you’re looking at repairs or replacement.
What’s Going on Underneath? Insect, Mold & Mildew Damage
Many decks are made of wood, and wood is vulnerable to damage from insects, mold and mildew. Periodically, it is a good idea to look underneath your deck to see how the support structures are holding up. You’ll probably want a flashlight. Signs of damage may be distressing, but don’t despair: it’s much better to discover a problem this way rather than by having the deck collapse underneath you.