Check Your Deck for Summer Safety

Backyard decks are the perfect place to enjoy warm weather with family and friends. However, a poorly maintained or unsafe deck could possibly collapse, causing serious injuries.

In the United States alone there are estimated to be 40 million decks in use that were built 20-plus years ago, according to the North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA). Building codes, construction methods, and decking materials have changed considerably in those 20 years. Add in the fact that decks are outdoor structures constantly at the mercy of rain, sun, snow, and extreme temperature fluctuations, and it’s easy to see why an annual deck inspection is a smart idea.
Water damage, insect infestation, wood rot, and separation of the house and deck ledger board aren’t always visible to the untrained eye.

The five key areas to check on your deck:

• Splintering Boards
• Hand Rails
• Stairs
• Support Posts
• Nails & Screws

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Ensure that your deck is ready for all your summer activities by performing these checks on your deck.

Source: Property Casualty 360