When you have a deck on your property, you need to have a sturdy, high-quality deck railing. If you already have a deck railing in place, you will want to know the signs that indicate that it might be time to have it replaced with a new one. This way, you will not have to worry about the condition of the deck railing getting so bad that it eventually falls right off of the deck, possibly causing injuries to yourself, someone in your family, or a guest that you had invited over. Here are some of the signs of trouble that you will want to keep an eye out for.
The Wood Seems To Be Rotting
If you currently have wood railings on your deck, you will want to check to see if the wood is still in good shape. If it appears as though the wood is beginning to rot, you will want to call for a contractor. Signs of rot might be pieces coming off of the outside of the rail. Some areas might feel almost soft, as though the wood is rotting away from the inside out. It could also be a sign that termites have made your deck railing their home.
The Railings Have Had Many Repairs
If you have made one repair after another to your deck railings, it might be time to simply get rid of them and have new railings installed. This way, the new railings will look a lot better and you will not have to worry so much about making one repair after another. Instead, you can spend your time on the deck, actually enjoying yourself and enjoying your time with your loved one. Not sure if your railings are to that point yet? Have a contractor come out and take a look. They will be able to give you some advice regarding how much life is left in your railings.
Now that you know how to spot a deck railing that should be replaced soon, you will want to keep an eye on the condition of your railings. Should you discover that there might be a major issue with one or all of your railings, you will want to contact a contractor that will be able to come further examine the railings for you. If they also agree that the railings should be replaced, it is time to discuss the type of railings you will want to have installed. There are many options, as well as different handrails that can be added.