What Kind of Wood Damage is Unsafe for Your Deck? | Best Rate

In most cases, signs of wood damage on your deck should be assessed immediately to reduce further damage, reduce repair costs and for obvious safety concerns. You DO NOT want a situation where people are walking or standing on a dangerous structure. This is especially true of second floor and raised timber decks. As with any wood texture, you should have it checked for integrity and safety every year, or at least every few years.

The image above shows what can happen if your ledger failed on your deck.
The ledger offers much of the strength of a deck; it supports the beams at one end and it gives rigidity to the framing.
Do not let this happen to any of your properties!

Here are a few things to watch out for that can seriously threaten the security of your deck:

Termite damage
Termites are the catalyst for many of the most common wood-related problems we see here in San Diego. They damage wood from the inside, creating a potentially disastrous scenario that can be incredibly difficult to catch.

Water damage
If your deck is not treated properly, almost any water source can damage your wood. On the other hand, well-sealed and treated wood can succumb to water damage over time from constant, chronic water sources, such as: leaking gutters, pipes or poor drainage. It is always important to keep an eye on water sources around your wooden structures.

Messages rot
The decks are usually anchored by wooden posts cemented into the ground. These posts are subject to soil and other natural processes, eventually causing them to decay over time. If these posts start to rot, there are absolutely no excuses for choosing not to have them replaced.

Damage to the beam
A beam is a piece of wood that runs along the bottom of a floor or patio. These beams bear the weight of the structure and must be checked for softness. Damage to your patio joists can be difficult to repair if the damage is caused by rusty metal brackets, nails, or screws that tend to hit all of the joists rather than just a small area.

Twisted, curved or sagging frames
If the frame of your deck starts to rotate, sag or become skewed; significant damage to the wood can occur. The frame is an important aspect of your patio, helping to maintain its overall shape and structure. If you see any visible problems with your deck frame, get it inspected by a professional immediately.

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