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When I bought my house four years ago, I had envisioned an entirely different layout than what the house had. I knew that it would only be a matter of time before I began knocking out the walls I needed to expand the kitchen and master bedroom. I was pretty good at knocking out the walls, but it was the steps after that that I did not get accomplished as quickly as I would have liked. I decided to hire a general contractor to help me finish the projects that I had started. You can learn about my journey of home improvement failures on my website, so you can avoid the same awful mistakes that I had made.



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Deck Maintenance And Repair Questions Answered

by Alexis Bailey

Owning a deck can be an excellent way of ensuring that you can comfortably enjoy beautiful sunny days. However, deck maintenance is a topic that you may not have much experience handling, which can make handling routine problems seem far more difficult than necessary. After you have a couple of concerns about deck problems addressed, you should be better positioned to ensure this part of your home looks great for many years to come. 

How Can You Restore A Deck That Has Lost Its Color?

Over the years that you own your deck, the colors in it will likely start to fade. Some homeowners may assume that this is happening due to a layer of dirt forming on the wood. While this can certainly contribute to discoloration, a more likely cause for this damage is the sun's intense ultraviolet rays.

Fortunately, it may be possible to reverse much of this damage to your home's wood. This is possible through the application of a stain that will rejuvenate and recolor the wood. Before applying the stain, you may want to consider sanding the exposed portion of your deck. This will help the stain to reach deep into the wood's pores, which will help it to last longer. Also, make sure that you apply a protective sealant once the stain has dried to protect it from being washed out from rain. 

What If One Side Of The Deck Has Become Lower Than The Other?

As the deck ages, it will settle into the foundation that was built for it. Unfortunately, there are some soils that may struggle to support the weight of the deck. When this happens, some of the support beams may start to sink into the ground, which will cause the deck to become uneven. 

If you notice this problem developing, you should immediately contact a deck contractor to inspect and repair the damage. When this problem is not addressed soon after forming, it can place enough stress on the wood of the deck to cause it to crack. Fortunately, your contractor will likely be able to repair this problem by raising the deck and widening the foundation. By make the foundation wider, the weight from the deck will be spread out across more of the soil, which should minimize the problems caused by the loose soil. 

Keeping your home's deck looking great does not need to be a difficult or confusing experience for you to do. Having an appreciation for how you restore the color of a faded desk and how an uneven deck can be corrected will help you to correct these issues so they do not ruin your deck.