Inspecting Your Deck- Is it Safe?

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Before you get to enjoy the sun and fresh air on your deck this spring, it’s important to do a thorough check for any damage or issues. With proper care and maintenance, your family can make the most of outdoor living space for years to come.


Here are the top 6 things to check before using your deck:

1. Check Your support posts for evidence of cracking or rotting at the grade level. Rotting posts are a hazard that should be addressed before using your deck. Small cracks are not a concern, but you should keep an eye on them to ensure they don’t continue to grow to avoid serious problems down the road.

2. Deck Framing and Hardware- Check the connection points between the lumber and Hardware for cracking, missing fasteners, or signs of corrosion these signs can lead to early deck failure or injury.

3. Check railings, stairs, and posts for rot or cracking. Deck railings should be sturdy enough to support up to 200 pounds of pressure per square foot. Regularly inspect them for signs of wear so they can be repaired or replaced if needed.

4. Make sure that nails, screws, and other hardware are secure. Any loose fasteners should be tightened or replaced so there is no risk of injury to you or your guests.

5. Check the deck boards for splintering, splitting, or warping. If these types of damage are found, they should be repaired promptly to avoid an unsafe surface and injury.

6. Inspect all parts of the deck for signs of insect damage like termites or carpenter ants as these can cause significant structural issues if not addressed quickly.

If you find any issues during your inspection, contact a professional deck builder who can repair and maintain your deck for years of safe outdoor living enjoyment! Signature Decks & Construction has experienced contractors who specialize in providing high-quality deck-building services so you can enjoy a safe space to relax with your family and friends this spring season. Contact us today 616-896-2866 to get started!

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