We all know how useful a home deck can be for your house. They increase the value and curb appeal of your house, increase living space, and provide an outdoor living, dining, and relaxing option. However, regular usage and continuous exposure to the outside elements and weather conditions can gradually weaken the foundation of your home deck and make them sway or wobble. But don’t fret, it can be fixed. All you have to do is go underneath your deck to inspect it thoroughly and look for the causes of wobbling. Here are some solutions to fix your wobbling home deck.
Tighten the Bolted Connections
Your home deck can start wobbling due to loose and old bolted connections. Your home deck has several bolted connections such as the plank, joists, posts, and girders. Over time, the deck movement and usage puts extra stress on the fasteners and connectors, and eventually make them loose. Using a socket and ratchet, tighten all bolted connections.
Replace the Rotting Planks
If you have a wooden deck then the boards and planks may start rotting after a few years. You can easily identify rotting and decaying planks by thoroughly inspecting the foundation of your deck. There’s no point in trying to firm up and tighten the joist connections beneath the rotting boards. The only solution to fix wobbling home deck that is decaying is by replacing the planks. You can either replace those particular planks or boards with the new ones or install a new home deck altogether.
Replace the Bending Posts
If you have a raised home deck, you will have posts underneath the visible planks or boards of your deck. If your posts are anchored solidly, they will bend over time due to continuous pressure applied. These posts may bend because they are too slender to take the stress of the home deck. You must replace these bending posts with new pressure treated lumber or concrete posts.
Install Diagonal Braces
The process of installing 2 diagonal braces beneath the deck joists is known as X bracing. X bracing is the simplest and most effective way of fixing the wobbling home decks. You can nail 2 pressure treated 2×4 lumber, diagonally across the bottom of the joists, forming an ‘X’. Secure the braces with two 16d box galvanized nails each, one on both the ends. This process is useful for stiffening the deck support so that it cannot change shape or wobble. The best way to ensure the job is correctly is by calling professional deck builders.
Do not continue to use a deck that’s unstable and wobbly. Also, try to avoid repairing your home decks on your own. Doing so without having adequate knowledge and experience can lead to mishaps and disasters. Contact our Edmonton deck builders today. Our professionals will visit your home and thoroughly inspect and identify the cause of your wobbling home deck, and provide solutions accordingly.