There are many aspects to keeping your deck safe for use, and Crosby Home Services is here to help you do just that! This blog post will look at some of the signs that your deck needs repair. We have followed up with suggestions on what you can do to make sure you are safe, so be sure to read to the end.
Aged Joists & Warping Boards
If you notice that the joists of your deck seem to be aging or warping, it is time to replace them. If this goes unremedied they can collapse. Joists are the horizontal beams that support the decking, and over time they can weaken and rot. This is especially true if the deck is exposed to the elements. If you see signs of aging in the joists, it’s best to have a professional inspect the deck to make sure it’s safe.
Warping is caused by the deck being made of materials that are not strong enough to support the weight of the deck, or by the deck not being properly anchored to the house. This can cause the deck to collapse, which is extremely dangerous.
When the wood of the deck begins to rot, it loses its structural integrity and can no longer support the weight of a person or object. This is one of the signs that your deck needs repair. If you see rotting wood, have a professional inspect your deck to then take the proper steps to repair it.
When a footing is not poured deep enough into the ground the deck can begin to heave. You can tell this is happening when you are walking on your deck and it feels as though it is moving up and down. This is because the deck footings have not been poured deep enough in the ground past the frost line. This is one of the signs that your deck needs repair, and could collapse any moment. It is highly suggested that you get help from a professional, to ensure that these safety measures have been taken.
Inadequate Railings & Loose Connections
One of the most important safety features of a deck is the railing. A deck without proper railings is a serious safety hazard, as it increases the risk of falls and other accidents. Adding the correct size railings for your deck will ensure that your family can safely enjoy it.
Make sure that when inspecting your deck for signs of repair that you take note of any loose connections. Those being loose screws or nails. If these are not properly taken care of the dangers of your deck collapsing greatly increase.
In the midst of renovating your home, decking and/or decks are top of mind for homeowners—and for good reason! Decks are often the best feature of the home. They allow you to enjoy the outdoors year-round with your family and friends. Thus, if you are looking to have a safe and secure deck built or renovated using the best quality materials, contact Crosby Home Services.