A deck that sits in your front or back yard is important for spending time with family and friends and meeting neighbors by inviting them over for things such as barbecues and holidays. Decks usually last for a very long time, but after 20 or 30 years you might notice that your deck begins to deteriorate, leaving you with a recreational structure that could cause damage to the people you love. It’s important to repair your deck if it breaks because you can cause splinters, cuts and even worse if you don’t repair the problems that occur.
Let’s take a look at what you should do if your deck breaks in the future.
Block it off and Try to Fix It Yourself
Your first order of business is to block off the deck so that your kids and rest of your family isn’t running around and injuring themselves on a broken deck. Once everything is blocked off you can go to work and try to fix the deck yourself. Lots of hardware stores provide materials for you to fix would and filling cracks that might cause damage to people. Speak to a representative at your local hardware store and figure out the best ways to repair your deck, and search tutorials online to save a little money as opposed to hiring a contractor to repair it for you.
Contact Your Manufacturer to See if the Warranty if Still Valid
The cool thing about decks is that they often come with warranties for the materials. If something start breaking down on your deck that should hold up after a certain amount of years then you might find that the manufacturer will send out a repair team to fix it for you. This is a great way to save some money and get your deck fixed up for free. You might have to show some documentation to prove when your deck was built and what materials were used in the building of the deck.
Call a Contractor to Build You a Brand New Deck
Your last option is to call a contractor to repair the deck for you or even have them build a completely new deck in your front or back yard. The benefit of building a brand-new deck is that the repairs often cost almost as much is getting a new deck. Look for a contractor in your area who is a strong reputation and has built some decks in your neighborhood. This gives you an idea of what you can expect when they come out and build the deck in your yard.
If you have any thoughts on what you should do if your deck breaks let us know in the comments section below. Share your thoughts and expertise on trying to repair a deck yourself and let us know if you have ever had any success redeeming a warranty for your broken deck.