With winter just around the corner, now is the time to make sure that your deck is secure. An unsecure deck can collapse under the weight of a heavy snowfall and can be a safety hazard any time of year. Here’s what to look for to make sure you don’t have an unsafe deck.
There are four main components in the average deck: wood, nails, screws, and firm metal connectors. The connectors are especially important for providing your deck with stability and support. Inspect your deck where any corners meet. If you can’t find any connectors, then you may want to have your deck updated to be more safe.
You may notice that your deck does have connectors after all. Phew! Now check them; are they loose? Loose connectors are another sign of an unsafe deck, as too much wear can cause them to break. Even if you know that your deck was built with connectors, be sure to check them, as they may loosen over time with wear and tear.
If your deck has wood rot, it can jeopardize the stability of your deck over time. Check the wood boards and structural elements for discoloration, mold, mildew, and soft spots. Any beams that have wood rot must be replaced as soon as possible to keep the rot from spreading.
Cracks in the Wood
Over time, the wood in your deck may develop cracks and become warped. This can result in painful splinters and can also put your deck’s structural integrity in jeopardy. You may want to consider painting your deck in a waterproof, UV resistant sealant to protect it from the elements.
Corrosion of Connectors and Fasteners
Any structure that is exposed to the elements is bound to suffer over time. Not only can your wood warp and rot but your metal connectors and fasteners can corrode as well. If you notice and rust or corrosion on your connectors or fasteners, then it’s probably time to have them replaced.
Decking Supplies and Services from Fisher Lumber
Fisher Lumber and Hardware has served homeowners and contractors in the Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia areas since 1894. We have excellent lumber, all of the building materials you need, top-notch tools, and the expertise to help you pick the right supplies for your project. Give us a call at 301-424-6500 or visit us online for more information. To see more tips for your DIY project, visit us on Facebook, Pinterest, Google+, Houzz, and Twitter!