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May is Deck Safety Month: Inspect, repair, enjoy

Posted 1 May 2014 5:23 PM by prowoodlumber@ufpi.com

NADRA

As warm weather returns, your deck is the perfect place to grill out and entertain guests. But an unsafe deck could ruin your party. 

With nearly 40 million decks in the United States that are more than 20 years old, it’s critical to make sure you routinely and fully inspect your deck to make sure it’s safe—and stays that way. Through proper design, construction and maintenance, decks can be used safely for years.

If your wood deck or composite wood deck is old and appears severely fatigued, you should consider hiring a professional to inspect and repair. However, if your deck is only a few years old and is in good shape, you should be able to inspect it and repair any minor issues. 

Here are some common deck problems to look for:

• Wood rot from neglected maintenance

• Loose or missing horizontal railings and vertical balusters

• Missing or loose connections

• Corroded fasteners 

• Warped or severely cracked wood

• Nail and screw pops

• Insect infestation

 For a comprehensive deck safety checklist, visit the NADRA (North American Deck and Railing Association) website. 

 Once your deck has been inspected and determined safe or made safe for use, fire up the barbie and start grilling!

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