Patios, balconies, and other outdoor spaces are prone to sun and weather damage and require proper maintenance. If left untreated, minor issues could aggravate and lead to expensive repairs in the future. The good news is that most of the issues with patios and balconies are easy to spot and repair. Here are signs your patio or balcony needs repairs.
Wood is a common material used in patios and balconies. However, its porous nature makes it susceptible to water damage. If your patio furniture sits on a wood deck, it’s crucial to check if the wood is decaying and needs to be replaced.
When you notice signs of rotting wood, such as discoloration, mold, and softness, it’s time to call a contractor to replace it. And don’t forget to remove your patio furniture to protect it from damage. If the wood is stained, you may be able to treat it with a sealer to prevent further damage.
Doing this as soon as you can is essential to prevent further damage. Once the wood has rotted through, it’s too late for treatment. You can also consider replacing it with more durable material, such as composite decking, to prevent future damage.
Concrete is excellent for patio and balcony surfaces, but it’s porous and can dry out over time. When concrete dries out, it’s more likely to break down and crumble. If you notice crumbling concrete, this is a sign the surface needs resealing. You should ideally test the surface for porosity if your concrete patio is more than five years old.
Bent or Broken Rails
If you have a wooden railing on your patio, it’s important to inspect it for signs of rotting. Wooden railings are susceptible to rotting and are difficult to repair once the damage has occurred. You can extend the life of your rail by applying a wood stain every few years. If your railing is rotted or lost, it’s best to replace it with a metal rail.
We recommend hiring a contractor to replace the rails, as they may need to remove the patio flooring and railings to complete the job.
Water Pooling on the Surface
Water pooling on your patio or balcony surface is not normal and means the surface has drainage issues. If you don’t take care of the issue at the earliest, you may end up dealing with water damage later. Prolonged exposure to water or moisture can even impact the structural integrity of the balcony or patio.
If you notice any of these signs in your outdoor space, there’s no need to panic. Hire the right contractor to complete the job to enjoy your outdoor space without the worry of costly repairs.
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