How To Save Rotting Decking?

Decking rotting is a common problem. There are some simple methods to save rooting decking and replace the decking board, you should try them.

Due to it being in open places where it comes in contact with moisture and dust, it starts deteriorating after some months. Moisture is the main cause of decking rot.

Wood is an important material for decking. Mainly Hardwood or pressure-treated wood is used to make durable decks. When it comes to wood, nothing is 100% waterproof. Woods also begin to deteriorate over time likes other materials.

If your Deck has started to rot recently, then you can repair your deck by replacing that part with less time and less money.

There are two types of rotting in wood, dry rotting, and wet rotting. Dry rotting is caused by certain species of fungi that digest parts of the wood which give the wood strength and stiffness and wet rotting is caused by waterlogging and moisture.

Due to rotting inside the deck, it is detected a little later. Because of this, rot keeps on spreading continuously. While decaying of the upper part of the deck is quickly detected.

There are many ways to stop it, In this post, I mentioned some special and easy methods in this blog.

How to repair rotted deck joist?

How to repair rotted deck joist?
How to repair rotted deck joist?

Required some tools and their uses

  1. Flat-head screwdriver: It is used to remove a piece of rotten wood by opening the screw.
  2. Pry Bar: It is used to remove rusted screws and nails.
  3. Wood chisels and hammer: Rotten parts are cleaned with its help. 
  4. Wood filler and a tray: It is used to make wood filler or putty mixers. Which will be done to fill the rotten pits.
  5. A drilling machine with bits: It is used to fix a piece of wood in the base of the deck after fixing the rotting of the wood.
  6. Sandpaper: We will use sandpaper to clean the surface of the wood.
  7. Safety glass and gloves:  Safety First, Wood Sealer and Wood Dust are harmful to your eyes and hands. So before starting the repair work, glass and gloves must be applied.

First of all, after seeing the condition of rotting, and make sure it needs replacement or repair?

If the rot in the wood is still in the initial stage and is planted in a small part, then it can be changed. But if the rot has spread too much, then it would be good to completely replace the joist.

Step: 1 Remove the Screw and Nails

Take out the screw and nail of the rotten joist with the help of a Pry Bar or screwdriver. Nail and screw rust due to rotting and moisture, so that it does not come out easily. You can use chisels and a hammer to remove it.

Sometimes wood becomes hollow due to rotting, So in this case nails and screws are easily removed.

Also, observe the joists around the rotten joist. It may be that they have started to rot. If the rot has spread to other parts also, it needs repair and replacement of the area.

Step: 2 Remove Rotted Portions from Joist

Check the damaged wooden part thoroughly and take out the rotten part. You can use chisels and a hammer to remove the rotten part.

It is very important to get the rotten part out. Because if even a little rotten part is left in the joist, it starts rotting the wood again.

After removing the rotten part from the joist, thoroughly clean the joist with a wire brush. If it is not cleaned well then the Wood Sealer will not hold up well with the joist and it starts to deteriorate again after some time.

Step: 3 Apply Wood Sealer 

Apply the first thin coat of wood sealer and let it dry properly. Then apply another second coat of sealer. 

It is necessary to fill the pit after cleaning the rot. You can use a wood filler to fill it. You can easily make wood filler (wood sawdust and glue) at home too(otherwise it is easily available in the wood market). It is long-lasting. Which maintains a good grip with wood. Even after exposure to water, it remains durable for a long time.

The wood filler takes about 6 to 7 hours to dry properly. You can also use Epoxy. If the hardener is mixed with Epoxy in large quantities it will dry quickly. Otherwise, You are using sawdust and wood glue as a wood filler, then it takes 10 to 12 hours to dry properly.

If the rot is deep in the wood, it would be better to completely change the wood instead of repairing it.

Step: 4 Fix the Joist

After the wood filler dries thoroughly in the joist or decking board, put the decking board in the proper place, and make holes for the screw and nail with the drill machine in the joist and decking board.

Before fixing the decking board must check for rotting to the decking board lower part and rim joist. This is very important because if there is even a little rottenness, you should also fix that soon.

How to Save Rotting Decking

How to Save Rotting Decking
How to Save Rotting Decking?

The main cause of deck decay is harmful mold, water damage, rot, and insects. The common deck framing material used throughout the United States is pressure-treated pine. This wood is chemically treated wood and is more durable than ordinary wood.

To save rotting decking there are some easy ways to prevent decks from rotting.

  1. Regular checkup: The first is the method to check the moisture of the deck board and joists every two or three months. If there is a suspicion of decay, that part can be replaced immediately.
  1. Flashing and Joist Tape: Another easy method is to use flashing and joist tape. When replacing old deck boards for new composite decking. You should use flashing and joist tape. Joist tape is an adhesive tape that is applied directly to the tops of joists, rim joists, ledger boards. Moisture is a deck’s worst enemy. Flashing joist tape acts as a kind of barrier that prevents moisture and insects from reaching the joist. Joist tapes not only protect your deck substructure but also protect your investment in your new deck.
  2. Removing standing water from your deck: To save rotting decking, After one rain, you can use a gas-powered leaf blower to get rid of the water deck. It takes a few minutes to do this work. Once all the water is removed from the deck, the deck is less likely to rot.

So here we see some methods for how to save rotting decking? if you have some new method share on the comment box.

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