Inspecting Your Deck this Spring

Home decks are the perfect place for entertaining. Unfortunately, as they age, things like weather damage and general wear and tear can cause their structure to deteriorate and become unstable— especially if they were built improperly. If your deck was built over 10 years ago, here are some things to look for that may indicate it’s in need of some rehab and repair.


1. Missing Pieces

The four elements that provide vital reinforcement to your deck’s structure are: wood, nails, screws, and sturdy metal connectors. If you inspect your deck and see only wood and nails (which could be the result of either improper building/design or a lack of maintenance), your deck may be unsafe.

2. Loose or Corroded Connections

After years of use, your deck will suffer wear and tear. Even if you know you have the proper connections in place, depending on how your deck was built, those connections may have loosened or deteriorated over time, which compromises your deck’s strength and sturdiness. Symptoms of loose or corroded connections include wobbly rails, loose stair steps and ledgers (the boards attached directly to side of your house to support the deck) that look to be moving away from the home.

3. Wood Rot or Cracks in Wood

In Washington, DC, the hot, humid summers create the perfect conditions for wood rot, which can compromise the integrity of your deck over time. Look along the boards and structural elements for any visible signs of rot, which include discoloration, mold, mildew and areas that are softer than others. Any deteriorated wood boards, beams and otherwise will need to be replaced as soon as possible to prevent spreading.

Are any of these problems compromising the safety and integrity of your home deck? Contact Ploutis Painting & Contracting, Co. today and our expert team will come by to give your deck a professional evaluation.


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Ploutis Painting & Contracting is family owned and operated. For over 50 years, we have worked meticulously to develop reliable and professional methods to ensure guaranteed customer satisfaction.

We have set the standard for the industry by providing the highest quality interior and exterior painting to commercial buildings, condominiums and residential properties within the Maryland, Virginia and Washington DC area. We are praised for our consistent dedication and excellence in our work and strive to provide nothing short of perfection.

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