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Why is my Deck Railing Wobbly?

September 29, 2017

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Your deck is prone to normal wear and tear with regular use, and is guaranteed to require maintenance every once in a while. One of the main issues deck owner’s come across is a wobbly railing. Let’s take a look at some possible causes, and why this deck problem is one to be concerned about.

Why is my Deck Railing Wobbly?

Causes of an Unsteady Railing

The most common explanation for a wobbly railing is a weak connection between the deck’s frame and the rail post. This could be due to a number of things:

  • Screws are stripped
  • Nails or other inadequate hardware were used to originally secure post
  • Wood has begun to rot and weaken
  • Insects or other pests have eaten away at the frame of your deck or the posts themselves
  • Poor quality of work when built
  • Prolonged use or old age of your deck
  • Deck has been exposed to harsh weather conditions

Why it’s Important to Have Sturdy Railings

Deck railings are used for many purposes: as a place to lean when standing, to promote stability when walking down steps, and as a home for lighting and other deck décor, to name a few.

The most obvious reason that an unsteady railing is a big problem is because it compromises the safety and security of your deck. Sure, your kids might run down the steps of your deck without even realizing there’s a railing even there, let alone using it. However, your older guests and family members might rely on that railing to get down the stairs and around other areas of your deck safely.

A wobbly railing can also be an indication that there is more serious damage to the structure and composition of your deck. Therefore, it is always best to have someone with a higher level of expertise take a look at your deck when you notice even small amounts of damage or malfunction.

Working with a professional not only puts your deck in the hands of an expert, but guarantees a repair that will return your deck to its original functionality and attractiveness!

Why choose North American Deck and Patio, LLC for your deck railing repair needs in Crofton, MD?

We have been in business for over 25 years and pride ourselves on building, repairing, and maintaining decks and other outdoor living spaces for customers all over the state! For more information on how to fix your deck railings, contact us today!

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