Everyday life is already challenging enough. So, the last thing you need is to be concerned about is being safe on your new deck. That’s a no-brainer, as they say.
Deck safety is critically important, in many ways.
At Archadeck, we champion deck safety because more than any other contractor, we know how very important it is.
A carefree evening with friends and family can be ruined in a moment by a deck failure resulting in sudden injury. At Archadeck, one of our main goals is to build a strong and safe deck. Our acronym BE SAFER sums it up quite nicely.
Be diligent and Be Safer. Here’s how:
Boards – 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?
Every Connection – A deck should be built using a variety of fasteners and metal hardware connectors 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?
Structure – If visible, look at the posts, beams, and joists that provide the structural framework of the deck. What is their condition? Is there any noticeable sagging between supports?
Attachment – The attachment of the deck to the house (at an area called the house band) 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.
Footings – The footings receive and support the weight (also known as the load) of 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.
Exits – Check the areas where people exit from the deck. These exits usually involve stairs, so be sure to check the condition of the material used on the stair stringers, stair treads, and risers.
Rails – Look at the condition of the rail posts and sections of railing on the deck to make sure that the railing is secure. Check to make sure that the pickets/balusters are fastened securely and spaced no more than four inches apart.
For a printable reminder of how to ensure deck safety, click here.
At Archadeck, Safe Decks Are Standard – Not An Exception
After all, what else would you expect from North America’s favorite and most highly acclaimed deck builder?
Archadeck custom decks are built to the highest safety standards from the start. And our amazing craftsmanship and finest materials ensure and reinforce that safety.
Choosing an Archadeck custom deck will give you peace of mind in knowing that you not only have the most beautiful deck in the neighborhood – but the safest one, too!
Nashville Custom Deck Builder
As the finest Nashville deck builder, we know that a new or improved deck is the perfect way to extend your family’s living space to the outdoors. At Archadeck of Nashville, our company is founded on helping our customers enjoy their backyard, side yard, and front entry.
Decks are an important part of an outdoor living area. Decks provide a place to gather, play, host friends and relax.
Our custom decks beautify your yard and home and help to enhance your leisure time. We build our decks with quality materials and expert craftsmanship to ensure they endure.
When you choose an Archadeck of Nashville deck, you can rest assured knowing it is designed and built with attention to detail, craftsmanship, and the highest architectural standards.
Every deck we build is different. Each design we create is as unique as the clients we are building them for. We can help guide you on which materials to use and which design will function best with your specific needs. We pride ourselves on knowing how to make your outdoor space perfect before we even break ground.
It Would Be Our Pleasure To Build A Safe Deck For You, Nashville
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