If you have an older deck on your property, you may notice problems as time passes. These problems can even occur with newer decks if they were not installed properly.

Understanding the most common fail points will help you know what to watch for and when you need to call a professional for an inspection or repairs.

Here are some of the most common fail points in Fayetteville, AR wood decks:

Deck boards: The most common issue is with the deck boards themselves. Signs of problems include split or cracked wood, wood rot, holes in the decking, nails poking up through the boards, and cupping (which can create tripping hazards).

Posts and footings: The posts and footings are the foundation of your deck. When they fail, it can cause the deck to dip or sag. This is often caused by wood rot in the joists or posts.

Board spacing: Decks built 15 or 20 years ago often had no spacing between the boards and the house. This can lead to rot in the deck boards, the siding on your house, or the structural wood behind the siding.

Deck steps: Older steps may have been installed with just two or three stringers, which can make them weak and prone to sagging. Additionally, if the base of the steps is not installed on something solid, such as concrete, they may begin to settle.

Deck posts: Decks that are 15 or 20 years old may have posts that were buried in concrete. This can lead to rot in the posts over time.

If you notice any of these problems, don’t wait to call a professional deck contractor for an inspection and repairs. The sooner you address the problem, the less likely it is that it will become worse.

Here are some tips for preventing deck problems:

  • Regularly inspect your deck for signs of wear and tear.
  • Keep your deck clean and free of debris.
  • Apply a sealant to your deck every few years.
  • Have your deck professionally inspected every five years.

By following these tips, you can help to ensure that your deck will last for many years to come.

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