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Common Problems with Decking You Didn't Know

5-Important Issues with Natural Wood Decks

By Stephen Sherwood - September 14, 2021

Picture this Deck Scenario: 


Your kid's first birthday party is scheduled this weekend and your spouse invited everyone in the entire neighborhood and every relative to see this once in a lifetime event.

While you're cleaning the backyard you realize the handrail to the deck is loose. You do what you can to repair by tieing a few strings around the wood slats. 

After "MacGyvering" the railing, you trip on a raised nail nearly break your booty. You pick yourself up off the wood planks when a rather large sliver penatrates the palm of your hand. Not only does it itch like crazy, it hurts. 

Your wife is kind enough to pull out the sliver and you go back to cleaning up. 

Just as you are finishing up, you notice a large hole in near the sliding glass door. Since the missing plank doesn't appear to be too big, you cover it with a rug and return to your chores. 

With all these minor details, you can imagine what would happen if a number of people are standing on an older structure such as this one. A deck needs to be repaired or maintained every 5-years.  

As a homeowner, you are responsible for any injury happening on your property. Repair your decking as soon as you witness it is faulty. 

These are the 5-most common problems with natural or organic wood decking you may encounter: 
  1. Loose Railing 
  2. Loose or Raised Nails or Staples 
  3. Broken or Missing or Holes in the Slats 
  4. Termites or Flying Ants 
  5. Slivers from Protruding Wood
In addition, to these common instances, decks that have not undergone inspection or address repair can even lead to a collapsed structure which lead to injuries or in some cases, death. 

Another solution is to switch from natural wood decking to composite wood decking. Composite is manufactured and offers many benefits such as: 
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Never needs staining or upgrading 
  • Rarely falls apart or breaks
  • Can not be invaded by insects 
  • Lasts longer with little to no maintenence. 

Don't get stuck with hospital bills or risk getting sued because of decking issues. Book your project with us before November 15th, 2021 and we will throw in a FIRE PIT for your winter backyard oasis. Must book your deck repair or new construction with Castle Rock Deck and Fence to qualify. 


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