Maybe it’s been a while since your deck has seen some renovation. Or perhaps you’ve just bought a new house and you realize that the deck hasn’t had the repair and maintenance that it needs. Either way, it’s time for some do-it-yourself deck repair and removal. Here’s what you need to know about getting up those boards.
1. Repair Or Replace Your Deck?
First off, ask yourself how extensive your work is going to be. If you’re generally happy with the deck and it looks like only a few boards need replacing, a deck removal might not be the answer. A full deck construction project will require significant planning such as coming up with deck ideas, selecting deck materials, developing a project timeline that considers the deck removal.
Something else to consider is the affect your deck will have on the value of your home. A quick deck repair to an old, rotting deck could be a liability if you’re trying to sell, while a full deck construction project can significantly improve the crucial curb-appeal of your home.
2. Check Your Deck Before You Pull
With a DIY deck repair and removal, you’ve got to know what you’re up against. Look for signs of damaged boards on both the top and bottom of the deck. There’s plenty of ways your deck can suffer damage; it’s outside, so the elements, insects and vermin, and just the fact that wood ages can all work against you in terms of deck repair and removal. Inspect your deck closely and look for any sign of a damaged board; if you see it, it’s time to pull and replace the board.
3. Clean Your Deck
You’ll want to clean the deck before doing any removal for two reasons. The first is that pulling up decking can release everything from dust to mold spores, and no matter what’s been collecting under there for years, you definitely don’t want it floating in the air around your family. Secondly, cleaning off years of dirt and debris gives you a better idea of the degree of damage you’ll be dealing with. Often, cleaning a deck can reveal structural problems or damage that you might not have been aware of otherwise, and lets you plan accordingly.
4. Safety First, Last, And Always
Like any home renovation job, you can get seriously injured if you don’t plan ahead. Even a short fall can be seriously painful if you land the wrong way, and that’s not even getting into the rusty fasteners, mold spores, and other potential work hazards you may run into. Have safety equipment handy, and think before you pull.
5. Have The Right Tools
Do-it-yourself repair and removal requires the right deck materials. This is more than just having a hammer and a saw handy; make sure you’ve got the lumber, stain, fasteners, and cleaning tools available as well, or you may find the job is a lot harder.
Whether you’re working on a residential or commercial renovation, make sure you have the right tools. A Demo-Dek is an excellent purchase for any deck owner because it makes deck board removal faster, safer, and easier, whether you’re getting up one or two boards that need replacing or ripping up an entire deck in minutes, make sure you’ve got the Demo-Dek handy. Order your Demo-Dek today or click here to contact us online!
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