Maintaining the structural stability of your deck is vital to make it functional, safe and stunning even after a decade. If you have a wooden deck, taking care of its structure can be a challenge. It is susceptible to rot, wood damage and daily wear and tear caused by the harsh elements. So it might be best to have it checked by a deck expert at least once a year. Addressing minor issues and problems before they get out of hand is the most efficient way to prevent extensive and costly repairs.
At Ipswich Decking Solutions, we understand that no matter how well a wood deck is installed, damage and signs of deterioration over time is inevitable. Deck stairs are an essential part of a deck frequently exposed to direct sunlight, harsh elements and moisture. Besides that, it also receives heavy foot traffic, so there is a chance that it will crack, warp, split or break down over time. For this reason, our team decided to share easy-to-follow steps in repairing your damaged deck stairs.
Step #1: Check the damaged part of the deck stair.
Before you proceed with the repairs, it is important to inspect the whole damage thoroughly. Do you just have to change loose nails? Do you have to replace all the steps because they are broken or rotten? Check the stairs and determine which parts need repairs.
Step #2: Make the parts that need to be replaced.
If you have to change a step or two in your deck stair, remove them first. After that, measure the gap or use the damaged step you remove as a guide in making a new one. Make sure that the measurements are precise so you will not have a problem fitting them later on.
Step #3: Fit the new part into place.
Once you are done making a new step for your deck stair, check if it can fit perfectly into the gap. If it is too big, you can still make some adjustments. However, if the part is too small, you have to create a new one. The new part should be properly fitted in place to ensure that your deck stairs will be fully serviceable. After you have attached the parts, try going up and down the stairs a few times. Make sure that there are no unstable parts or steps in your deck stairs.
Step #4: Check if the stringers are damaged.
If the steps of your deck stairs are in excellent condition, the problem might be caused by a broken or cracked stringer. Since the stringers are the beams that help support the riser and treads of your deck stair, it can significantly affect its stability. Use a flashlight to check the top and bottom of the stairs to inspect the stringers thoroughly.
Step #5: Repair the stringer board.
If there are cracks or splits in your stringer, it is advised that you remove the defective parts and replace them immediately. This process can be daunting for some, so it might be best to hire a professional team to handle the restoration. At Ipswich Decking Solutions, we can provide you with a heavy-duty mending plate and high-quality lumber to reinforce your deck’s stringer. With the help of our proficient crew, you can guarantee that your deck stairs will stay stable and hardwearing for the years to come.
Step #6: Remove damaged rails.
Check the rails attached to your deck stairs. If there is any indication of rot or warping, it might be best to remove and replace it. You can just copy the design and measurements of your old deck rail. Or you can also opt to have a professional designer build you a new one.
Step #7: Seal and varnish your deck stairs.
After replacing the damaged parts of your deck, make sure that you properly seal and varnish the steps and risers. Doing so can help them be more attractive, durable and long-lasting.