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As well as building your new deck, your deck contractor can check your existing deck for safety and maintenance needs and also improve the aesthetics of your deck.
When a contractor does a safety inspection of your deck, these are the things they should check:
That members such as support beams have not rotted, split or moved. Any of these things could cause the member to fail which could lead to the whole deck collapsing.
That attachment points between the deck and the house are properly made and are solid. In older decks, the deck was attached to the house with nails, whereas new decks are attached with lag bolts which are much bigger. A common cause of deck collapse is the deck coming away from the building.
Check all fasteners for rust and corrosion. It goes without saying that if a fastener has rusted or corroded away it will no longer be able to do its job.
Check guards and rails to make sure they are sturdy and secure. Guards and rails are what prevent the occupants from falling off the deck so they need to be solid and also the right height and construction.
If you prefer to check your deck safety yourself, Fairfax County in Northern Virginia, has a handy slide show on its website to show you where to look most closely for damage or wear to your deck:
If you decide to ask a contractor to check your deck safety, make sure the contractor is experienced and knows what to look for. Your safety depends on their knowledge and carefulness.
And what if your deck is perfectly safe but looks a little shabby? Consider having it cleaned re-stained to perk up the color. Many a dingy old deck has become a delight after a little clean-up.
Call Hal Co Fences and Decks for all your deck needs.