- Boards: Check deck boards for rot, softness or major cracking.
- Every Connection: Inspect every hardware connection on the deck. Look for screws and/or nails backing out, red rust and other signs of corrosion on metal connectors that can weaken the integrity of the deck.
- Structure: Look at the posts, beams and joists that provide the structural framework of the deck. Is there any noticeable sagging between supports?
- Attachments: Most deck failures occur at the attachment site to the home. Ensure that the deck is attached to the house with bolts and proper flashing for water protection. NEVER use nails!
- Foundation/Footings: The foundation and footings support the weight, or load, on a deck and the columns that bear on them. Look for sinking or noticeable sag.
- Exits: Check deck’s exit areas, usually stairs. Are the stair stringers, treads and risers ok? Do the stairs require a handrail? Is there adequate lighting to safely use the exits at night?
- Rails: Look at rail posts and railing sections to make sure that they aren’t loose or wobbly. All pickets/balusters should be fastened securely and spaced no more than four inches apart.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
ARCHADECK OF NOVA SCOTIA URGES HOMEOWNERS TO “CHECK THE DECK” THIS FALL TO PREVENT ACCIDENTS
Halifax Deck Builder Provides 7 Easy Tips to Tell If Your Deck Needs Help Now
Nov. 6, 2013
Aging deck structures, harsh storms and a lack of routine maintenance due to limited financial resources in a difficult economy are all factors that can put Halifax homeowners with decks at serious risk of injury for themselves, their families and guests.
There are more than 40 million decks in Canada that are more than 20 years or older, according to the Canadian Deck & Railing Association and hundreds of reported deck accidents occur annually.
The experts at Archadeck of Nova Scotia www.novascotia.archadeck.com part of the largest outdoor living company, recommend checking the structural integrity of decks each spring and fall to ensure safety, especially for decks that are more than 10 years old.
To help homeowners determine if their deck is safe, Archadeck of Nova Scotia is sharing seven deck safety inspection guidelines with the acronym of “BE SAFER”:
DECK SAFETY IS NO ACCIDENT
For a professional deck consultation, contact Archadeck at (902) 444- DECK (3325) or visit www.novascotia.archadeck.com