Your outdoor deck is one of the most versatile features of your house. People traditionally use these structures for outdoor cooking and relaxing, and these activities are still a big part of the reason why outdoor decks are so popular.
But these days, there’s a whole lot more going on. People are using composite materials to build aesthetically pleasing decks that last for decades, with little-to-no maintenance requirements. They’re using accents made of other materials, such as stainless steel “cable” railings, for a contemporary and clean finish. They’re adding in multiples levels to give the outdoor area more depth and versatility.
Outdoor kitchens and fireplaces are another exciting area of innovation. Gone are the days when using a standalone grill was the only way to cook on your deck. Now you can build a whole outdoor, and use it to prepare meals whenever the weather allows. You can make separate areas for exercise, yoga, entertaining, and so forth. The possibilities for outdoor decks are endless.
But there are still a few common problems to be aware of. Here are 3 outdoor deck problems and solutions you may not have considered.
1. A warped or rotting surface
Not everybody knows this, but if the surface of an outdoor deck is in rough shape, it doesn’t necessarily mean the deck has to go. A process known as deck resurfacing may be possible. If the frame or “base” of the deck is still in great shape (but the surface is not), a professional can tear out the old surface and install a brand new one for you. Homeowners are routinely astonished by the results – depending, of course, on the professional.
2. Low-quality fasteners
Fasteners are a critical aspect of deck building, yet their importance is often overlooked. People spend a lot more time thinking about what type of wood or composite to use – but in truth, the materials you choose are only as good as the fasteners holding them together! Whether you’re building your own deck or hiring a professional to do it for you, make sure that all bolts, clamps, nails and other fasteners are of the highest quality.
3. A shady contractor
If you get one thing right during your deck building process, choose the best contractor around. One look at online reviews and you can see that not all contractors are working at the same level. You need one with plenty of experience, all the right skills and tools, and a high level of knowledge to help you make the best decisions regarding your new outdoor deck. Contractual guarantees are also important – a reputable deck builder will always have you covered.
Getting the most out of your deck
Deck building isn’t rocket science – but it is a specialty craft that benefits from carefully honed skills and long years of experience. To get the highest potential out of your new deck project, choose your contractor carefully. This is one detail that can decide whether your deck is a frustrated disappointment, or a fantastic long-term success.