We do deck repairs.
When I replace deck boards I hand pick the best boards out of the bin. Most of the boards in the bin aren’t very good, but I see them on decks all the time. Cracks, knots, and other imperfections look bad and they deteriorate faster than a good-quality board.
I don’t use nails, they will work themselves loose over time, I use deck screws. I pre-drill all my screw holes to prevent boards cracking now, and in the future.
My clients don’t have to be afraid to step out onto their once “questionable” deck. I refurbished their deck with additional structural support, new decking boards, and hand rails, with exterior-rated screws for a fraction of the cost of tearing it down and rebuilding new.
Over the years, I’ve seen a lot of poorly constructed decks. I didn’t really understand how bad decks could be until after a continuing education course at Clayton State University called “We Teach House”. A course typically geared towards home inspectors, but I’ve found it very useful in my life as a handyman.
Case in point:
My client Dave had a bit of a problem with his deck. After 20 years, it didn’t feel very safe to walk on. It was no wonder. Joists spaced at thirty inches on center didn’t offer enough support for the decking boards. We added additional joists, and replaced select decking boards making his deck safe for holiday entertaining at a fraction of the cost of building new.
If someone you know is afraid to step out onto their deck, or if it’s just plain ugly, I can bring it back to life and make it safe for future deck parties.