Have you inspected your deck this season?
The summer season brings a lot of use to your deck. Therefore, it is important to check your decking to make sure the area is safe and in usable condition.
Problems with decks can arise from aging, wood failure, or water damage. The extreme change of weather and activities can lead to structural breakdowns overtime. But, what if your deck isn’t that old or you have a long-lasting deck surface? Even so, the substructure of your deck is wood that can rot, and there are many other elements of a deck that can be problematic.
What to Inspect to Keep your Deck Safe
1. Wooded areas
The wooden areas to inspect are the ledger board, support boards, joints, deck boards, railing, and stairs. First, look for small holes that will indicate insect infestation. Then, check areas that are regularly exposed to water. If the wood is soft or spongy, this may be the sign of wood decay and rotting. Water is the number one enemy of wood and can cause deck failure from the exposure of moisture. Once the wood hits a moisture content of 19%, the wood begins the process of rotting. This occurrence is not always visible, so it is important to have a annual inspection.
If you have a wood decking surface, look for loose nails to tighten or replace. Also, replace any rusted or corroded fastener. The corrosion of fasteners can deteriorate surrounding wood.
Railings are a main part of safety and need to be closely analyzed. Make sure that your railing will not give when force is upon it. Also, Make sure height of railing and width between rails are up to safety code. (Tip: Always consult local building codes for the most up-to-date information) Lastly, check the connectors to make sure they are all tightened.
It is important to annually inspect your deck for safety and usability. An expert inspection and repairs by Sunset Ridge Exteriors will ensure you to have an extra safe and usable deck for your summer season. Call us today to learn about our special deck deals.