Temporarily Patching A Shallow Crack In One Of Your Deck's Wooden Planks

If you have a deck on your home, and you noticed a wood plank with a crack in it, you will want to take the steps needed in making a repair. Failing to fix a cracked board can cause to further damage and possibly injury, making it important to tend to it quickly after its discovery. While replacing the plank is the best method in alleviating the problem, making a temporary patch will allow the deck to continue being used a bit longer. Here are some steps you can take to repair a cracked wood plank within your home's deck floor.

Evaluate The Extent Of The Damage

Before you decide on how to proceed in fixing the cracked plank, it is necessary to take a close look at it so you know what type of building materials you will be purchasing to make the fix. If the crack is seen from the underside of your deck, you will need to replace the entire plank. This may be better off handled by a contractor if you are not proficient with tools needed to remove and replace the cracked plank yourself. If the crack is only seen from the top portion of the deck, it can be repaired by patching it with minimal effort. 

Clean The Area In Its Entirety

It is important to do a thorough cleaning of the wood plank you are going to be repairing. This will help you see if it is rotted or in need of a replacement before you attempt a repair. It will also help the filling agent adhere when you make the repair. Use a garden hose to rinse down the deck. A pressure washer may be too intense for a weakened board. Scrub the affected area with a mild deck cleaner using a non-abrasive sponge. Allow the wood to dry completely.

Fill In The Crevice With Wood Putty

Wood putty can be found in a hardware store or building material supply store near the lumber. This agent can be used to patch a crack, giving it the stability needed to continue being used until you can replace the plank. Warm the putty in your hands for a minute or two before trying to push it into the crack. This will help make it easy to work with as it will become more pliable. Use a screwdriver or another hard, flat object to push the putty into the crevice. Afterward, use a plastic putty knife to spread the putty thinly over the wood on each side of the crack. Allow the putty to harden according to its package directions.

Finish The Project By Improving The Appearance

The putty may be seen after it hardens, making your deck unattractive in this area. Use a piece of medium-grit sandpaper to smooth away rough edges left behind. This can be done by hand or with a sander. If the putty is still visible, a coat of stain can be used to cover it from view. This will also give your deck protection from harsh elements.

Contact a business such as Hatboro Lumber & Fuel Co. for more information about replacement decking materials.