Repairing Wood Balcony
Southern California boasts one of the most temperate climates in the world… but while we enjoy more sunny days than most, the sun can also do a number on our home exterior — especially when it comes to our decks and balconies. For safety reasons, it’s necessary to have an annual assessment performed on your outdoor structures. But, aside from weather-related wear-and-tear, balconies can also break down for other reasons. Whether it’s termite damage, wood rot, age or just poor construction, a knowledgeable deck and balcony repair company can properly assess your exterior structures and work with you to develop a design plan.
Unfortunately, decks and balconies break down over time and become increasingly unsafe for a number of reasons, including:
- Wood rot
- Age or
- Poor construction
Best Rate Repair Process
Best Rate offers a wide range of materials, design options and expertise to bring your vision to life. So, even if you currently have a wood balcony that needs to be repaired, our team can help you completely redesign your balcony using other materials and approaches. Our team can help ensure repairs or redesigns match your vision and also meet your budget and time frame.
Typically, our wood balcony repair process goes as follows:
Step 1: Assessment
Whether your property is a new build or an older site, our repair estimators know exactly what to look for. We’ve worked on historical buildings, modern apartments, multi-family homes, mid-century properties, offices, suburban houses and more. Our team will assess your property and look for tell-tale signs of rot, termite damage or other issues.
Here’s a few examples of things we’ll look for:
- Wood fascia that is warped, split, or damaged
- Small, pinpoint holes Repairing Wood Balcony Repairing Wood Balcony
- Maze-like patterns
- Crumbling, damaged wood
- Structures pulling away from support points
Step 2: Repair & Redesign Plan
If our team finds any issues we’ll draw up a repair proposal with all available repair and redesign options. Sometimes we can isolate and repair the damaged section of wood, which saves on the cost of additional material. If the damage is too extensive we may recommend a rebuild. In that case, we’ll work closely with you to develop a repair plan, using creative solutions to address your property’s specific wood damage repair needs.
Structural repairs for balconies and other weight-bearing structures should be considered critical and never put off. The good news is, we repair a wide range of balcony types including:
- Stacked balconies. This is the most common balcony structure and is not connected to the building itself. For this reason they have a minimal load on the building or structure.
- Cantilever or projecting balconies. The weight of cantilever balconies are supported by an engineering system called cantilevering. These type of balconies usually extend from the face of the building without any obvious support system.
- Hung balconies. Often seen in cities and dense urban areas, these balcones are suspended from stainless steel cables fixed to the edges of the balcony and a large plate is connected to the building at 45 degrees.
- Balcony decking. We also repair balcony decking, which comprises the floor of the balcony. The integrity of the decking is equally as important to consider as the structure itself. We can use a wide range of materials for decking, including wood, laminate, metal or other types of materials.
Depending on your current balcony design and repair/design needs, we’ll pinpoint a budget, time-frame and expectations so we can land on a game plan that works best for you.
Step 3: Design
During this phase we’ll talk about your material options. Because the sun can be so damaging when it comes to wood rot, we’ll review both composite and wood options. Both have their pros and cons. For example, composite meets Southern California fire rating standards and helps eliminate damage due to termites and other pests. There’s no sanding, painting, or staining required and it’s resistant to fading and degradation. But, composite also tends to be more expensive and doesn’t quite have the warmth that real wood does. On the other hand, wood is beautiful and often more budget friendly, but it requires much more upkeep. Torn? That’s okay! Our team can help you decide what would work best for your property and create a design that you’ll enjoy throughout the year.
About Our Team
We’ve been serving San Diego since 2002 and have over 1,000 happy customers. At Best Rate Repair we pride ourselves on getting the job done right and on time. Our team of contractors and estimators are Deck Evaluation Certified by the North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA). We’re proud to say that more than half of our business comes from client referrals. Get started on your composite decking project by calling our team today.