No matter how well-taken care of, eventually all wood decks need repair. After years and years of exposure to the elements, some boards will fade and rot and need replacement. A faded deck could just be an eyesore, but some deck damage can be far more serious. Broken or rotting boards can be unsafe to walk on— no one wants to worry about the floor falling out beneath them!
You should inspect your deck for damage at least once a year. Check not only the surface boards, but also the supports. Make sure the wood is in good condition, and look for any loose screws or boards. Tightening screws is fairly easy. Replacing boards can be done yourself— remove the screws to take out the damaged board and use it as a template to cut a new board of the same material. Check the surrounding boards to make sure they haven’t been affected. Then make sure to use the same stain on the new board so it matches the rest of your deck. To reduce future damage, make sure you properly stain your deck once a year to keep it as bug and weather resistant as possible.
If there is rot or a significant amount of damage, it’s best to bring in a professional. Deome2 Builders can help find an affordable, practical solution to get your deck back in good shape.