Is your Deck Ready for the Holidays?

The BBQ season is over, and that deck you’ve used all spring, summer and fall is probably more than ready for a little TLC. Now may be the time for a pressure wash, some sealant and a little maintenance if necessary.

Many home improvement contractors are idle in the winter, which means they are in a bargaining mood. While the rest of the country groans under frost and snow, we San Diegans can work outdoors almost every day of the year, even in the heart of winter.

So, while you’re cleaning up your home to present over the holiday season, give your deck a good assessment. If the wood looks dirty, bleached or cracked, it’s time for some cleanup. While you’re at it, test all the stairs and the handrail to make sure that they’re nice and stable. You may be surprised to find the beginnings of normal wear and tear.

For example, I recently visited a client who only wanted a fresh coat of paint on her deck. As I walked up the deck stairs my boot snagged on a nail. Upon closer inspection, I found that almost all the nails in the deck had worked up a small amount. This is common as a deck ages, but it can lead to instability and even a potential collapse if it is not fixed right away.

Just a few quick strikes with the hammer, and the nails were fitted snugly back in place. Crisis averted for this client, but what about your deck?

I know that you’ve got a lot to think about during the holidays, but since decks are less used in the winter, this is probably the best time to get it assessed and fixed. You wouldn’t want to have to call off a BBQ or family get together in the spring because of an unsafe deck, right?

If a good power washing, paint job or deck sealant is on your Christmas list this holiday season, give Best Rate Repair a call. We’d be glad to provide a full deck assessment to make sure your deck is in perfect shape for the holidays and the spring and summer days beyond.


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