How To Keep Your Deck Beautiful For Years To Come
When your deck was first constructed, the plans were inspected to ensure they met the local building code before a permit was ever issued. When the deck was finished the structure was then likely inspected by your local building authority. Workmanship is all important and the goal is to have a sturdy, attractive and safe deck. This deck can be a real showcase for your home and a great place for entertaining or just hanging out with the family. But, it must be maintained and kept structurally sound.
An inspection of your deck is very important and should be done on an annual basis. This should be done by a deck builder and not a deck maintenance company because you will be checking for structure, not cosmetics. You will want to see if there is any wobbling or movement in the structure and that there is no mold or water damage. Also, check that the ledger, or place where the deck is bolted to the building, is sound. This will cost between $50-$200 to have done.
Then comes the cosmetic care of the deck. You may have chosen a soft wood, hard wood, composite woods that combine waste wood fibers and plastics, PVC, wood fiber or polystyrene type of materials. There are many products to choose from that will keep out insects, look nice and provide the kind of structure you want for the area you have. Each type of material will take a certain amount of maintenance care. Depending on the type of wood or composite you have chosen, it will have a 10 to 25 year life span or warranty.
A deck is a nice addition to any home. It can provide many hours of leisure time for the entire family. It also adds to the value of your home. The correct maintenance and structural checks annually will keep it a safe and attractive space for years to come.
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