With decades of experience in all aspects of deck building and repairs, we have the skills you need to properly repair your deck.
DIY (Do It Yourself) or hire a professional. You may be wondering if you should accept the challenge or if you should hire a professional contractor. Before you find yourself in a DIY home improvement nightmare, you should consider getting a professional to repair your deck, especially if there are structural items to consider.
At your convenience, we'll come to your home and perform a complimentary deck inspection. We have trhe experience to know what to look for. From foundational elements to steps, railings and floor boards, we'll help you to determine if orwhat needs to be repaired or replaced.
Our specialized teams have significant deck building and repairing experience. Our Omaha decks team can build a new deck, repair an existing deck, clean and power wash your deck and stain and waterproof your deck. We have a unique and specialized process that is unsurpassed in the industry.
When you’re busy enjoying a backyard barbecue with your family, the last thing on your mind might be the safety of the deck beneath your feet. However, periodically checking your deck for any signs of weakness is a little like inspecting the tires on your car. If you catch problems early, you can avoid injuries as well as the hefty costs involved with major repairs — not to mention the potential for personal injury lawsuits.
According to the North American Deck and Railing Association, 40 million decks in the United States are over 20 years old, and the number of deck failures and subsequent injuries is on the rise. By getting your deck inspected, you can reveal dangerous structural weaknesses and other issues that could turn into costly problems if neglected. In addition, you will keep your deck looking its best, increasing its longevity and market appeal. Particularly before warmer months when your deck is likely to have high traffic, use the following tips to ensure a safe, attractive outdoor living space for you, your loved ones and your guests.
1. Inspect your deck annually. Examine all areas on and below your deck as well as any stairs, or better yet, hire a professional to do it for you. Look for faulty electrical wiring and any split or decaying wood, paying extra attention to areas that are frequently exposed to moisture and other elements. Tighten up any loose nails, screws and other fasteners, and check the flashing — the metal or plastic guard that prevents water from collecting and potentially causing damage and rot. See this checklist from NADRA for complete details on inspecting your deck for safety.
2. Tend to repairs promptly. This is not a job you want to take on yourself unless you have the experience and credentials to do so. Hire a professional deck builder to make any repairs to ensure your deck is restored properly and prepared for the next step: staining, which seals the wood, improves its appearance and prevents future problems. Nolo.com notes that the owner or occupier of a property has a legal duty to maintain the safety of the premises and not to subject visitors to potential injury due to the design, construction or condition of the property. In other words, not only are repairs important safety-wise, but they also protect you from legal hassles.
3. Prepare the deck before staining. Just as you wouldn’t paint over a dirty cupboard door, you don’t want to stain your deck without having it properly cleaned first. Get a professional power washing to remove stains, dirt and grime and to create a clean surface to which the stain will adhere. Avoid power-washing the deck yourself to prevent splintering to the wood; this job is best left to a pro who knows the correct amount of pressure to use on your deck surface. Allow the deck to dry thoroughly for at least two to three days before applying a stain.
4. Restain your deck every two to three years. Particularly in areas like Omaha, Nebraska, where inclement weather takes its toll on exposed decks, it is critical to restain your deck periodically. Doing so will protect the wood from moisture and decay as well as boost your home’s value — there’s nothing like a well-maintained deck to increase a home’s living space and aesthetic appeal! Do not over-stain the wood, as that will only over-saturate the wood and lead to peeling and flaking.
Repairing your deck is one of the most important steps you can take to keeping your home safe and ensuring the best return on your investment should you ever sell. The extra effort you put into proper maintenance is invaluable for ensuring many years of backyard fun with your family.