Deck Safety

By Robert Robillard on Decks And Porches

Deck SafetyDeck Replacement or Repair?

There are approximately 40 million decks in the United States and only half of those are code compliant.  Deck safety is a real problem.

Every year we hear about decks that collapse under the weight of people or snow load.

If you have an existing deck that is more than 3 years old you should have it inspected for safety issues and make necessary deck maintenance corrections by retrofitting safety hardware to make your deck safer and bring it more in line with code compliance. Decks older than 15 years old should be thoroughly inspected and considered for replacement.

Replacing a screen porch deck

Do You Need To Retrofit Your Deck?   Or Replace it?

If your deck is 10-15 years old you’re at the end of that decks lifespan and should consider replacement or a serious rehab and retrofit. Here are a few deck maintenance,deck safety retrofit it items to consider when looking at your deck and considering deck safety:

  • Rot
  • Structural Connections
  • Loose Railings and Framing
  • Fastener and Metal Connector Corrosion
  • Footings
  • Guard Rails
  • Stair Safety
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Robert Robillard

Robert Robillard

Carpenter / Remodeler / Editor / Writer / Video Talent

Robert Robillard is a general contractor, carpenter and operates a remodeling company located in Concord, MA. He is the editor of and ToolBoxBuzz, and a has a weekly column in the Sunday Boston Globe. Rob is a recognized leader in tool and how-to information for building professionals, he hosts the Concord Carpenter Cable TV Show, offering advice on home repairs and maintenance. On his website, Rob uses his knowledge and experience to help and educate on best practices in the remodeling industry. His motto: “Well done is better than well said!”. Contact Rob at:

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