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

Rob Robillard is “The Concord Carpenter” Rob is a builder, general contractor, carpenter, woodworker, and editor of Concord Carpenter and ToolBoxBuzzr As a General Contractor and carpenter, Rob owns and operates Concord Carpenter LLC. A full-service remodeling and construction company. Rob is a recognized leader in home building best practices and a source for how-to information for building professionals. On this website, Rob covers all aspects of home construction, building science, home improvement, woodworking, remodeling, and some of the best product and tool reviews. Rob is in charge of our Tool and Product Review series - Concord Carpenter Videos where we post all of our tool reviews and video tutorials. Rob approaches remodeling and building construction with a pragmatic and problem-solving approach. He enjoys using his knowledge and experience to help and educate building professionals as well as DIYers on best practices in the construction and remodeling industry. He's a strong advocate for "raising-the-bar" in the construction trades and promoting the trades to youth. #BeAMentor #Green2Great Craftsmanship, quality, and pride guide his journey on this channel The Concord Carpenter's motto: "Well done is better than well said!" : Read more about Rob

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