Is your deck ready for 2017? With 2016 in our rearview mirrors it’s time to look to the future and how we can improve. One thing to take some time to look over is your deck. Within a few minutes, you can do a once-over on your deck by running through this 2017 deck checklist to determine if your deck is ready for what 2017 has in store.
Nails Popping Out
Over time, nails will slowly back themselves out of wood. These exposed nails pose a tripping hazard and can make cleaning off the deck more difficult. Take some time to look around at the nails on your deck (screws too) and hammer back in all of the nails which have popped their way out.
While most newer decking material is bug resistant, it’s important to check your deck for bug damage especially if it is an older deck. In addition to wood-eating pests, other bugs such as wasps or hornets can create hives which could pose a significant hazard to visitors.
Rust is bound to happen when working with metal. Take a quick glance at all the metal pieces of your deck and check for signs of rust. If you see rust, it’s not a sign for alarm, but it’s definitely worth the effort to replace any rusted metal decking pieces to reduce any future damage.
Small cracks are fine, and with a traditional wooden deck they are to be expected. That said, if cracks start to get larger, or are located near the fasteners which hold the deck together, it will start to be a cause for concern.
The railings around the edge of your deck should not be wobbly. A railing’s main purpose is to keep people from falling off of your deck. If the railing gives when you give it a little pressure, then it is time to have it repaired or replaced by a local Maryland decking contractor.
Lighting and Electrical
Check all the lights and electrical outlets on your deck. You don’t want an early spring deck part to be cut short because none of the lights work. Along the same lines, checking electrical outlets now will give you the time to make the proper electrical repairs before you plan on using them.
Do you have any trees or shrubs nearby? Check that trees are free of any broken branches. Also, if part of the tree looks to be dead or dying, have it evaluated by a local certified arborist to check if the tree is a fall hazard.
Taking the time to check that your deck is in proper working order is a great way to add years to the life of your deck. If, after running through this list, you determine your deck is in need of repair, reach out to North American Deck and Patio today. North American Deck and Patio is Maryland’s reliable deck building company because we deliver consistent results guaranteed by an honest warranty. Give North American Deck and Patio a call today at 866-535-1961, or fill out our form for a free consultation