The Deck and Patio company is concerned about old and poorly built decks. Decks are the perfect place to enjoy warm weather with friends and loved ones. With May upon us, the days are getting longer and it’s not too hot or too cool to go outside to spend time relaxing, firing up the grill, or throwing a party on the deck. For many, this time is generally spent on decks.
After the winter months, when snow and ice have hit hard, decks can develop trouble spots. Some of the common reasons a deck will collapse ranges from age of the deck, poor maintenance, exceeding its load capacity to improper building methods.
Below are some common tips to check:
Substructure – Check several different areas of the deck to be sure the wood substructure is still sound. This includes the ledger board (where the deck attaches to the house and a common source of deck failure), support posts and joists under the deck.
Railing and Balusters – These should be secure. Push on them to be sure there is no give.
Stairs – Check any railings or handrails to be sure they are firmly held in place; check also the risers and stringers to be certain they are securely attached. Keep stair pathways clear of planters, decor, toys and other items that can present a tripping hazard.
Lighting and Electrical – Clean any light covers to allow maximum light to shine through and trim any plants or trees limbs that may be blocking light. Be sure all electrical outlets, appliances and features are up to code, in good condition and childproof if children are present. Watch that any electrical cords do not present a tripping hazard.
Cleaning and Maintenance – Clean away any leaves and debris, since they can be slippery.
Outdoor Furniture and Storage – Test all outdoor furniture to be sure it is sturdy. Avoid placing seating right at the edge of the deck. If you have a swing or hammock installed, test the chains and ropes to be sure they are secure.
Surrounding Trees – If you have trees overhanging your deck, make certain there is no danger of decaying limbs breaking free and falling from trees surrounding the deck.