May is Deck Safety and Repair Month, and experts at the North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA) recommend homeowners Check Your Deck before planning family activities. At NADRA, Executive Vice President Michael Beaudry says their “first priority and message to the public is to ensure the decks they use are safe; outdoor structures such as decks are exposed to sun, rain, snow and extreme temperature changes over the years. The need to maintain and inspect them is critical to keeping decks strong and safe. “
There is a carefully curated checklist and safety awareness list of information for consumers to ensure they have details to evaluate their card games, this information can be found at https://nadra.org/deck-safety. It’s important for homeowners to check their deck annually, like most decks in the United States, as there are an estimated 40 million residential and 10 million commercial decks and are over 20-30 years old.
NADRA’s “10-Point Consumer Safety Checklist” provides information on how to look at different areas of your patio and also keeps an eye out for what might need to be repaired or replaced. A professional deck inspection is needed, “a professional inspector will thoroughly examine your deck, provide information about your deck’s capacity limits, identify any dangerous problem areas and give you some insight into what to watch in the future,” says Beaudry.
Older decks require further investigation and regular inspections. Many decks were built before code requirements were established to protect consumers. Some of these older decks may have nail-only deck-to-house fixings in place of the current recommended construction using deck span hardware which greatly aids in the prevention of ledger errors.
“We recommend ASHI-certified home inspectors or an expert deck builder for inspections of older decks,” says Beaudry. “Our NADRA members’ deck builders are required to adhere to a code of ethics as well as state licensing and insurance requirements. This gives homeowners using our NADRA members peace of mind. “
Deck inspection requires special knowledge, skills and experience. NADRA offers training and certification for its members along with ASHI house inspectors and others interested in professional deck inspection.
The North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA) is committed to raising public awareness of the need for regular inspection and maintenance of existing decks and the proper installation of new decks. For more information visit http://NADRA.org
At Best Rate Repair and Termite Co. we held a Deck Collapse Demonstration to educate the public about what a good deck versus a poorly built deck looks like. By raising awareness in the City of San Diego, we can help people maintain deck safety in their homes.
Information provided by NADRA