Deck Safety Inspection
Free deck safety inspection in Macon Warner Robins, Milledgeville and Central GA
On May 21, 2012, we were interviewed by News 41 about our deck safety program called BE SAFER. Watch the segment above.
Do you suspect that your deck could be unsafe? Within the last six years there were 179 nationwide reported deck failures that resulted in 33 deaths and 1,122 people being injured. These accidents are unfortunate because when it comes to deck safety, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
If you have an older deck or a you inherited a deck of suspect quality, ensuring your deck’s safety requires attention. We pride ourselves on being outdoor living structure experts and part of that expertise is passing on tips and suggestions to homeowners to help ensure their deck is safe. Here are some helpful details that are crucial to ensure your deck is sound. Homeowners can routinely perform these inspections; however, it is recommended that your professional deck builder be contacted at least annually to conduct a thorough professional deck inspection.
The first facet to consider when checking your deck for structural stability and safety are the decking boards. Inspect the condition of your deck boards periodically to make sure they are sound. Most wooden decks will show some amount of normal splits and cracks over time, but in essence the decking boards should not show signs of splintering or rot. These indicate the deck may be a safety hazard.
Another area of your deck that is important to inspect are the connections. A properly built deck should be built using a variety of metal fasteners and hardware to create a stable and continuous path for safety and stability. Make sure the appropriate fasteners and connectors are present. Also check the condition of the hardware itself for rust, breaks or weakness, if any of these are present it is imperative to have the hardware replaced properly.
The deck as a working structure, or as a whole, should be inspected regularly to make sure your structure’s framework isn’t sagging or wobbly. Check to make sure the deck is sound and there are no inconsistencies between the supports, including the joists, posts and beams. Each part of your deck should interlock as a puzzle and if a piece of that puzzle is damaged or missing, you risk the structural integrity of the entire structure.