Deck Saftey 101 From Deck Railings to Deck to Deck Lighting

Posted On 27th March 2015

Deck Saftey 101 From Deck Railings to Deck to Deck Lighting

How safe is your deck? This is a very important question for every homeowner who has a deck located on their property. Deck safety can prevent injuries and costly repairs. From deck railings to deck lighting, we wanted to share some of our best recommendations to ensure your deck remains a safe and beautiful place to enjoy the outdoors.

Check the condition of the deck: Splitting or decaying wood needs to be replaced. Check to see that the posts, deck railings, stairs and deck boards are in proper condition and no areas remain damp for an extended period. Soft and spongy wood is a sign of decay.

Assess the flashing: Flashing is what connects the deck and the house and is used to direct water and debris away from the deck boards. If the flashing is not in place then water will collect near your deck and cause problems.

Check the fasteners: This includes the nails and screws that are used to keep the deck together. They need to be tight. You also need to check for signs of corrosion on the nails because they can easily spread to the surrounding wood. Loose fasteners can cause the deck boards to become detached or stairs to lose their firmness and this is very dangerous.

Cleaning and maintenance: Your deck should be kept free from debris and leaves because they may promote mildew growth. Mildew causes the deck to become worn out. Applying a waterproofing coat can help to avoid decay and keep the fasteners tight.

Protect the deck surface from fire: Your deck should be kept free from debris and leaves because they may promote mildew growth. Mildew causes the deck to become worn out. Applying a waterproofing coat can help to avoid decay and keep the fasteners tight.

Be aware of surrounding trees: Trees near your deck may have decaying limbs that fall on your deck and cause so many issues. You can avoid this by trimming the trees that are overhanging on the deck.

Use strong outdoor furniture: Make sure the outdoor furniture on your deck is strong enough. Do not place furniture on the edges of the deck. If you have small children in your home, consider installing childproof latches and keep any chemical products away including BBQ lighters and household cleaners.

Ensure lighting is working: The deck needs adequate lighting in order to avoid accidents. There are so many lighting products that you can consider buying. You can even install the ones that illuminate the steps in a stylish manner. Consider getting rid of any trees near the deck that may be blocking light. Also install electrical appliances and features that will light up your deck. Just make sure the electrical outlets are properly installed and up to code. Also ensure the deck is childproof if you have kids and use electrical cords to prevent hazards.


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