May 20, 2020

Spring is here and we all have cabin fever! We can’t wait to get outside and enjoy the warm weather with family and friends. In the past having a party at home meant that some people would gather on the deck others inside and most would meander in and out.

This year, some of us may choose to limit the number of people inside our homes and that means more people than usual partying on our decks. It is estimated that 30 million decks are past their useful life and need to be replaced or repaired. So now is a great time to ensure our decks are in top condition.

Commitment to safety

At Spyglass Home Inspections our commitment to the safety of our clients underpins everything we do. So being a member of the North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA) is one of the tangible ways we deliver on that commitment.

Each year, NADRA raises awareness about the importance of checking your deck through a national deck safety campaign enthusiastically supported by us at SpyglassHome Inspections.

Homeowners can download the 10-Point Deck Safety Consumer Checklist from NADRA. Although, this checklist is not a replacement for a professional deck inspection, the checklist is a helpful tool.

In the meantime, here are some basic red flags to look for:

  • Check deck structural members (columns, beams and stairs) for movement that may attribute to instability and be sure that columns are attached to proper concrete footings.
  • Examine decks for sagging, racking (leaning), or unsecured boards that may indicate loose fasteners, decay or inadequate timber sizing.
  • Check the gap between the ledger and rim joist (the area where the deck is attached to the house). A widened gap may indicate that bolts need tightening or that the attachment was installed improperly.
  • Look for raised or corroded fasteners which may compromise the integrity of the deck structurally and on the surface, present a trip hazard or danger to bare feet.

To learn more you can download the full checklist here.

If you have any questions about the checklist or how you should complete it please don’t hesitate to call Bern at 603-781-1554.

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