The planks on your wood deck might start to rot, splinter or come loose as it ages. This is particularly true if the deck planks have not been regularly cleaned, stained and sealed. Sometimes all it takes to make your deck feel refreshed is to replace the poorest deck boards rather than the entire deck, and that way you’ll save a ton of time and money.

Here are some ideas about dealing with your deck…

#1 Conduct A Yearly Inspection

Deck Inspection

Checking the deck for defects is the first step in maintenance. Examine the structure for mildew, rotting or water damage, loose or broken boards, missing nails or screws, joint problems and loose or rusty fasteners. The easiest method to decide if you can tackle the repairs yourself or whether you need to hire a professional is to know what condition your deck is in.

#2 Changing Rotted Deck Posts

As they absorb water from the ground, deck posts are vulnerable to decay. To avoid this, newer decks have posts with base brackets or higher concrete footings, although they should still be examined annually.

Use a screwdriver to prick the bottom of the posts to look for rotting. The post has to be changed if it is spongy or the wood is easily prone to peeling.

#3 Look For Loose Boards

It is necessary to secure any loose deck planks. Step firmly on each end of the boards to test their stability using your body weight. Use a screw or nail to fasten the board to the frame when you locate those that require repair.

#4 Eliminate Mold

If you discover that your deck is discolored, mold or mildew may be the cause. You can use bleach, a mild cleaner and a soft brush to get rid of it/any discoloration. Keep in mind bleach can cause wood to lose its natural color, so a mild cleaner (instead) might be preferable.

#5 Replace Damaged Boards

Some loose boards can’t be fixed, and it would probably be preferable to replace them. To remove any loose, broken or decaying boards, use a hammer and pry bar. After that, make fresh boards to replace them and screw them into the frame.

#6 Keep Your Deck Clean

Deck cleaning

Cleaning your deck sometimes will help you get rid of mold and germs. Use a mild cleaning agent that won’t remove any sealants from the wood (unless you plan to apply a new stain or sealer). If so, you should scrape the deck’s surface to help it absorb the moisture more effectively.

Consider adding a fresh coat of stain if your deck merely needs some cosmetic work. Sand the deck beforehand; After that, you may dye it and seal it to make sure it lasts.

#7 Avoid Using High-Pressure Washers

High-powered pressure washers can harm the wood if not used at the proper angle, even though it can seem like the simplest solution. It could leave unrepairable dents or holes. Your deck may be cleaned safely and effectively with a hose fitted with a high-pressure nozzle instead.

#8 Repair Unstable Railings

Deck railings become unstable with repeated usage. By tightening any nuts or screws and placing blocking right beneath the post, you may simply fix them.

#9 Fill All The Gaps, Cracks & Holes

You may patch up any minor wood cracks using latex wood filler. Only superficial cracks less than six inches in length are covered by this. By using a filler, you may protect your deck from rot and splinters while also enhancing its aesthetic look.

#10 Take Off Protruding Nails

Not only do protruding nails indicate that a portion of the deck is insecure, but they also put people in danger. Even while it’s simple to hammer these nails back in, that’s simply a short-term solution. The nail should be taken out and replaced with one that has a broader head.


You should hire a professional if you discover your deck is wobbling, has significant water damage or has rotten posts. Born Carpentry in Andover can assist you in maintaining and extending the life of your deck. To learn more about our services and how we can repair your deck, call 612-747-8003.