Signs Your Deck Is Rotting

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Protect your deck and catch signs of rotting before they get worse!

Is your deck old, gray, and worn out? Are you questioning if the deck is safe? Don’t go out onto a wood deck if you are worried that it is structurally unsound. If you are worried about the state of your deck, know these signs that a deck is rotting, and continue reading to know what to do about it if that is the case. At Mid-Atlantic Deck & Fence in Gambrills, Maryland, we are happy to help you with all your residential deck needs.

Signs the Wood Deck Is Rotting

Soft, Flaky, Spongy Wood

A wood deck should be made of wood that is in great condition, wood that is sound, solid, and sturdy. It should not be unnaturally soft, flaky, spongy, or mushy. If the wood is turning to dust or mush in your fingers, it is rotting.

Mold Growth

Mold breaks down whatever surface it is living on. It is nature’s way of speeding up the decomposing process and making new soil. However, you don’t want it to grow on anything that shouldn’t decompose, like your deck.

Insect Damage

Insect damage can look different depending on the insect that is burrowing in and eating your wood. Are there little burrowing holes in your wood? Is the wood’s consistency not as it should be? Are insects frequenting your deck in a trail or a congregation?

Wet Spots

It’s natural for the deck to be wet after it rains, but there shouldn’t be standing puddles or constant wet spots at the bottom of the supporting posts. If you notice that your deck is constantly wet, it could be a sign of rot.

What to Do about a Rotting Wood Deck

Do not let anyone step onto the deck if you suspect it is structurally unsound. If you notice mold or insects, find a way to remove the issue. If you aren’t sure if the deck really needs help or not, your local, trusted deck contractor should be able to help you out.

How to Prevent a Wood Deck Rotting

Proper deck construction will set up your deck for a successful future. Over time, good maintenance will help keep rot away. If you see insects or mold attacking your deck, take care of the problem as soon as possible.

Call Mid-Atlantic Deck & Fence For Your New Deck or Fence!

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