Don’t let the sun set on your deck parties! Or your ROI for this particular project. No matter what style you prefer, a deck increases your usable space, giving you the possibility of outdoor entertainment. But decking isn’t all fun and games—it’s also a fantastic investment. The popularity of a back porch or deck has been rising steadily in recent years. Still, decks are a timeless feature with spectacular return on investment (ROI)—about 70%. So, if you want a new deck, or just better decking, focus on these maintenance tasks to maximize your ROI and party your way to a higher home value.
If your deck has seen better days, you may want to start by improving its structural integrity. After all, it’s not a great idea to simply slap sealant on a rickety deck. You’ve probably read about problems with deck stability in the news. But you can take action before it gets to that point.
One common issue occurs when your deck bears part of its weight on a ledger board that connects to a wall. If the board is loose, the risk of instability and collapse skyrockets. There are also joist hangers supporting the deck beams and cross beams. Check all of these structural components for weakness, rot, and termites. Both in the fall and again in the spring. This biannual inspection should give you peace of mind when using the deck. However, if you’re not exactly sure what to look for, call the professionals. At KCCS Construction, we have years of deck experience and we know what a healthy deck looks like! We’d be happy to inspect yours.
Restain, Refinish, Reseal
Once you know your deck is safe and sound, then it’s time for a makeover! Wooden decks should be restained and/or resealed when you notice water soaking in instead of rolling off the boards. New stain and sealant also brighten up graying boards and help prevent rot. If you want to add a little color, you can always use deck paint. Just be prepared to lose the natural grain of your wood deck when you go this route.
Whether you choose stain, sealant, or deck paint, all involve intense prep work like sanding down the boards. But the ROI is well worth your efforts! Not only will you have a great outdoor entertaining space. But also, a better-looking deck can vastly increase curb appeal for potential buyers.
Finally, a solution to your pest problem! Not everyone enjoys dousing themselves in bug spray every time they want to step foot on their own deck. Make insects and other animals respect your territory by screening in your porch. A screened-in porch boosts the attractiveness of the house, while also increasing the time you can spend outside. As indoor/outdoor living becomes even more popular, these porches are growing more desirable than ever! Plus, adding a roof and screens to your porch is a practical call. This additional protection can boost board life by removing the sun’s bleaching force and the cumulative effects of rain.
If you need a hand with any of these repairs, just let us know! We can help you take care of everything you need to protect your deck and improve your ROI. With solid skills, years of experience, and great customer relationships, our KCC Construction team can handle anything you need. From inspecting a deck to building a whole new one. You can even get a free estimate! Call today to get started.