What A Deck Inspection Entails

Your deck may not be as safe as you think it is.

Your deck may not be as safe as you think it is.

As we mentioned in our last blog post, May is Deck Safety Month, which makes this the opportune time to call Best Rate Repair and request a free deck inspection. Our wood repair experts can let you know that your deck is safe for your family and friends to enjoy or if there are any safety issues that need to be addressed.

Wonder what a deck inspection entails? When our wood repair expert inspects your deck, these are the components that they will be looking at:

Ledger Connection

The ledger is the part of the deck that connects it to the side of your house. If the ledge is damaged or weak, this could eventually cause the deck to break away from your house and collapse. A wood repair expert will make sure that the ledge is fully attached to either a wood rim joist or to concrete. They’ll check the fasteners, and then look for signs of rust, termite damage, wood rot or age.

Posts and Footing

Over time, the ground may shift beneath your deck, or erosion could make the footing shallow and less secure. A wood repair expert will assess the depth and foundation of the post footing as well as the posts themselves. They’ll be looking for any indication of rust, cracks, wood rot or termite damage.

Beam and Post Connection

It’s important that the posts of the deck are securely connected to the floor of your deck so that the entire structure is stable. The wood repair expert will check to make sure there aren’t any signs of termite damage, wood rot or cracks. Additionally, they’ll make sure that all the nail holes are filled with fasteners and that girders (if present) are attached properly.

Joists

Joists are used to support the floor of the deck. The wood repair expert will make sure the joists are solid and that the connectors or nails don’t show any signs of rust or corrosion.

Stairs and Deck Boards

Deck stairs and the floor of the deck take a lot of weight when you invite family and neighbors for a barbeque, so the wood repair expert will check to make sure they are solid and strong. This includes checking for wood rot, termite damage, exposed nails or screws, splintering or softness.  The wood repair expert will also check the gaps in the deck boards to make sure they aren’t too wide or too narrow and that they are not clogged with debris (which could lead to wood rot).

Handrails

With age or damage from wood rot or termites, handrails can become loose. If someone leans on a loose or weak handrail, the handrail could give way, leading to a nasty fall. A wood repair expert will test the strength of the handrails, making sure they can support the body weight of several people. He or she will also check for cracks, rust and confirm that the spacing of the railings meets industry standards regarding spacing and height (i.e. not so far apart that a toddler could squeeze through or so short that someone might fall over).

Hopefully this blog post has given you a better idea of what a deck safety inspection entails and the importance of having your deck inspected. Please consider calling Best Rate Repair at (619) 229-0116 to schedule your free deck inspection today!

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