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 remodeler, general contractor, and principal of a carpentry and renovation business located in Concord, Massachusetts. He also writes the "Ask the Carpenter" advice column in the Boston Globe, and serves as the Editor of Tool Box Buzz and founding editor of A Concord Carpenter . Rob is in charge of our Tool and Product Review - Tool and Product Review - Video Channel, , where we post all of our tool reviews and video tutorials. Rob enjoys using his knowledge and experience to help and educate building professionals as well as DIYers on best practices in the remodeling industry. The Concord Carpenter's motto: "Well done is better than well said!" : Read more about Rob <a href="https://profiles.google.com/concordcarpenter"

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