Deck Safety

A carefree evening with friends and
family can be ruined in a moment by a deck failure and sudden injury. Every
year we hear of some tragic deck collapse during what should be a happy
celebration At Archadeck, we get calls from people who have a host of issues
with their existing deck all the time. Here’s an actual Archadeck deck safety
inspection in progress, notice how this Archadeck franchisee
alerts the homeowners to various danger spots and shortcomings of their existing
deck. This deck is a perfect example of one that should be replaced immediately.
We recommend periodic deck safety inspections like this to ensure your
outdoor space is fit for entertaining. Our acronym be safer sums it up quite
nicely. Look at the condition of your deck boards, most wood will show some
cracks and splits over time but is the general condition of the
boards good or are the boards splintering and unsafe to walk on. A
variety of fasteners and metal hardware connectors should be used to create a
continuous pathway to ensure deck stability and safety. Check to see if the
appropriate fasteners and connectors were used when constructing the deck,
look at the condition of the hardware- does any of it need to be replaced? If
visible, look at the posts, seams and joise that provide the structural
framework of the deck, what is their condition? Is there any noticeable
sagging between supports? The attachment of the deck of a house is the area where
most deck failures occur. Pay special attention to this area and check to make
sure that the deck is properly attached to the house band with appropriate
screws or bolts and that it is properly flashed for water protection. Nails
should never be used for this type of attachment. The footing support the
weight on a deck and the columns that bear on them; a footing that is sinking
may cause a noticeable sag in an area or a column separating from a beam. Check
the areas where people exit from the deck.
These access usually involve stairs so be sure to check the condition of the
material used on the stair stringers, stair treads and risers.
Look at the condition of the rail post and sections of railing on the deck to
make sure that it’s secure. Check to make sure that the pickets are fastened
securely and spaced no more than four inches apart, and I think you’ll agree
that the best part of this sorrily compromised deck is that it’s coming
down. A professional deck safety inspection is yours for the asking,
contact your local Archadeck outdoor living expert today at
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