How cracks in your deck can end up causing massive damage ❗
Notice hairline cracks in your decks floor? Or other horizontal surfaces?..........
Mats and Rugs and other things that sit on your Deck-
However this is a problem. They hold water❗ It takes the sun☀️ a immense amount of time to completely dry these massive rugs out. The cracks in the wood under them stay saturated with water and darkness, the perfect storm for MILDEW and MOLD growth.
Once it starts growing in them it starts rotting the wood from the inside out.
This is not LIMITED to mats and rugs, and can happen with almost anything you keep in one spot for a extended period of time on your deck. Grills, Storage Bins, potted plants, and even table and chair sets.
Anything that water can setup under or pool around an collect can cause this problem.
For example a table may provide enough shade from the sun for the water in hairline and larger cracks to take to long to dry. Causing mildew and mold- algae Nd subsequently eventually rot.
Then you have to take into factor the ........
Once it's there it takes a extended period of time to dry , the water activates corrosion and rust on the FASTNERS.
Then s bad thing happens., wood actually contains a small mineral content. This begins to interact with the corrosion of the fasteners and boom, you got a full blown chemical reaction deep within your wood that you cannot see, that's slowly destroying your decks integrity.
Ever see wood rot around a screw or nail❓
This is what your witnessing. The mineral content in the wood reacted with rust around the fastner.
Sometimes this gets so severe you can just lift the board up off the deck because all the wood around the FASTNERS is rotted away leaving nothing holding it down.
Think coated screws help prevent this? They do a bit, however half the coating comes off from friction when you drive it through the board.
So you can see how just a few hairline cracks in wood and especially on flat horizontal surfaces can cause severe problems.
This blog post is about the cause and not the cute, hope it helps..