Summer is a beautiful time of year to create memories with family and friends. The backyard is the ultimate outdoor space to cook, dine, party, and lounge—all in the customized comfort of your own home!
The Value of A Deck
Even the most nature-loving person will admit that nature has nuisances that come with its perks.
Your backyard as nature would have it may not be the most comfortable place to seat oneself or multiple people. A deck can transform your backyard from just a simple piece of land into a truly functional and comfortable outdoor extension of your living room, dining room, and kitchen. Home exterior projects are reported to “have the greatest return on investment (ROI). A new wood deck has an average cost of $17,000 with a 66% ROI and a composite deck averages around $22,500 and has a 63% ROI.”
The numbers prove that a deck is a worthwhile investment for the ROI alone—and that is before including the priceless value of the joy and relaxation that an outdoor living space provides. But the most common materials for decks, lumber and wood composite, happen to be what termites feed on. Termites feed on wood cellulose, causing billions of dollars of property damage every year across the United States. A deck constructed of wood that has not been professionally treated and protected from termites is essentially a buffet for colonies who are eagerly hungry to infest.
Protect Your Wood Deck
Termite damage equates to financial damage. Furthermore, a deck that has been damaged by termites has been weakened and is therefore structurally dangerous.
Celebrity actress Jamie Chung lived in her mid-century Los Angeles home for nine years before discovering that her deck was “totally termite infested”. What was initially planned to be a refinishing of her old deck during a backyard renovation led to the shocking discovery that the wood decking had never been treated to prevent termite damage. Chung’s deck had to be rebuilt entirely.
The good news is that decks can be protected from termite damage by professional treatments that are specifically designed to prevent termites, fungi, and rot. BoraCare is a salt-based solution that Orange County pest control professionals apply directly to exposed wood during the refinishing of an existing deck or the building of a new deck, lasting the life of the wood to prevent the wood from being eaten by termites.
A little bit of wear and tear is completely understandable for any deck, but it is also what termite damage is often mistaken for. Most homeowners are unaware of the treatment and care that are required for wood decking, so it is highly recommended to book professional termite inspections to detect potential infestations as soon as possible.
Termite treatments for wood repair, refinishing, or construction are often beyond the scope of standard home and deck renovations. It is best to call us to treat the wood during the refinishing of an existing deck or the construction of a new deck. If you have any questions about protecting wood decking from termites, you can call us to speak with a licensed pest control professional today.
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