Deck Danger Number Three: Poor Construction

To some DIY enthusiasts, a deck can seem like the perfect summer project. Others hire a local handyman to build a deck rather than calling a construction expert in order to save a little money.

A deck is actually a complicated project, and poor construction can lead to future problems. Care must be taken to securely fasten the deck to the side of the house, build a secure floor, and design safe stairs and railings. A layman might not know which brackets to use or how to build the substructure to code.  I’ve also seen instances where handrails were not properly attached or the deck was not built to handle an adequate amount of weight.

A deck expert knows which kinds of wood hold up against termites, wood rot and age. They know how to space deck boards to help prevent wood rot, how to construct deck rails with proper infill spacing to keep children safe and how to lay stairs and rails to help mitigate slips and falls.

I may be a little biased, but I believe the best way to ensure your deck is built properly is to entrust your deck to a build firm that specializes in decks. Safety and longevity is worth the slight increase in cost.

Call us at 619.229.0116 to get a safety assessment of your deck.

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2 Responses to Deck Danger Number Three: Poor Construction

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