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Tips for Making Sure your Deck is Safe

Posted November 11, 2020 to Before You Buy: Tips, Advice, Checklists.

Tags: Decks

If there’s one good thing about 2020, it’s all the time we’ve been able to enjoy at home. This may mean that our backyard decks have gotten a bit of extra wear and tear, so it is a good idea for homeowners in the Triangle area to check on their decks to make sure they’re safe to use.

Here are four things to check to make sure the deck is good to go:

  1. Meets regulations: First, make sure the deck is built well. Each town has their own regulations meant to ensure that the deck is structurally sound. These guidelines might include how high the railings need to be, the size of the support joists and how the footings are put in the ground.
  2. Loose railings: Check regularly for loose railings. Just a little pressure on the deck railing will show if it needs to be repaired. Someone can easily take a nasty fall by leaning on a railing that gives way. Be sure to keep these secure.
  3. Loose deck boards: Also of concern are loose floor boards. These can cause unstable footing, which can lead to people tripping or rolling an ankle. Take note when a board is loose and fix it quickly. It usually only takes a nail, a hammer and a couple of minutes to fix this issue.
  4. Worn materials: Splintered wood, rotting wood, rusty nails, or worn finishes can cause safety issues in a wood deck. The best way to avoid this is to keep up with proper deck maintenance. Depending on the age of the deck, some bigger repairs may be needed.

Decks are an extension of our living space, and making sure it’s in good, safe condition will only increase a home’s value and enjoyment factor. If you’re thinking about a new deck or if your deck needs repairs, contact Sierra Structures.

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