Tips to Keep Your Deck in Tip-Top Shape
Spring is in the air! While the rest of the country is still groaning about the never ending snow and rain, we have sun, flowers and summer on the brain. Of course that means ramping up for BBQ season and putting our decks to good use. A well-built, properly maintained deck is an extension of your living space and is well worth the investment. But how do you know when you need a new one or just structural reinforcement? Age, load capacity and yearly maintenance play a large role in the life expectancy so there is no single answer. Some of your options include:
1. Get your deck inspected
Depending on how familiar you are with construction, you may want to call a professional inspector. They take the time to inspect every element of your deck so you are informed about what kind of things to look out for in the future.
2. Call a professional to have it renovated.
You know your deck is in good condition, you just want a change. There are tons of material options available. If you want to update its look or create a unique outdoor space then a professional contractor will be able to guide you through the renovation.
3. If you’re planning on building it out, talk to your contractor about possible limitations to your existing support.
Professional Contractors are also familiar with local engineers because these types of changes usually require drawings and permits. Spring is the best time to start planning your build out. Summer schedules usually aren’t as accommodating to your timeline because good contractors will be busy.
Classic Home Improvements has extensive knowledge of deck construction and are qualified for inspections, renovations and building it out. It’s important to choose a company that has experience with the type of project you are considering. Don’t forget to check for proof of insurance and safe working practices. Contact us today to see how we can bring your outdoor living space to life.
For tips on how to check your deck, here’s the North American Deck and Railing Association’s consumer checklist.