Deck Failure - Roughly 60% of all decks in America are deemed unsafe?
A strong contributor might be that there are an estimated 40 million decks that are over 20 years old. Should you repair or replace your deck??
Just like every other aspect of your home, your deck needs a strong foundation. Even though decks seem to be simple structure they are load-bearing monsters. If not built correctly deck failure could occur. You hear it on the news every once in a while where a deck collapsed and killed someone, but how many stories go unheard of someone falling through a bad railing? How many people fall due to a set of wooden stairs failing? These small failures contribute to most of the injuries reported in the United States, but could have been prevented.
Nails or Bolts? It’s normal for me to have 10 -15 friends and family on the deck during a nice summer evening. That weight adds up quick. Major deck failure can occur due to improper ledger and beam attachment (Nails instead of Bolts).
What is the load rating for your deck? Improper or undersized framing will result in your deck not being able to distribute or handle a heavy load. This could create a catastrophic failure leading to injury or worse.
Save yourself the heartache. If you think your deck is unsafe, it probably is. If you don’t know, but would like to sleep good at night ask a professional. A reputable builder will be more than happy to inspect and address any concerns.
If like me, you’re a DIY kind of person stay tuned and join me on my next blog. We will be covering Deck Inspection and Maintenance to help you thoroughly inspect your deck.