Is your deck in need of repairs? Sometimes, if left unsealed or unprotected, your deck may deteriorate prematurely. Nobody wants to entertain or even use a deck that may be unsightly or worse yet unsafe. A variety of factors, including heavy use and the Colorado climate, can cause the wood to need repair or restoration. Catching it in time can avoid having to replace your deck entirely.
Some factors that cause a deck to deteriorate:
Dry Rot: Dry rot is caused by a certain species of fungi that attacks the wood stiffness and structure. Dry rot can deteriorate a decks structural integrity even without obvious signs of moisture. Hence “Dry Rot”.
Termites: Since most wood decks are in direct contact with the ground, it’s very easy for termites to attack your wood deck. Pressure treated lumber should be used on your substructure whenever possible to avoid termites.
Weather Cycles: Rain, Mold and Sun (U.V.) Temperature all play a role in Colorado deck deterioration. If your deck isn’t protected by a good waterproofing sealer, it’s prone to rot. Most decks in Colorado require deck cleaning and deck sealing every 2 years (depending on the quality of the deck sealer).
Mold: Even if your deck is structurally sound, it still may be prone to mold if it’s shaded or in a damp area. Leaves, pine needles, and debris can build up in the spaces between your deck boards causing improper drainage and moisture retention. These cracks must be cleared out to ensure proper ventilation so mold and rot don’t occur.
Sun: It’s no secret that Colorado gets plenty of sunshine. Though we love the sun, if left unprotected the U.V. rays can wreak havoc on an unsealed wood deck. The sun’s damaging U.V. rays not only fade the wood but dry it out making it susceptible to moisture retention and rot.
If your deck is suffering from one or all of the issues discussed there is no cause for alarm - it's very likely we can remedy the situation at minimal cost if we catch it in time! Contact us for a free consultation.