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All Decked Out

By lynnwilson28453308, Dec 4 2016 10:21PM

The desire for outdoor living space has increased. Social entertaining is a preferred activity. Decks are a major part of this trend of leisure, outdoor gourmet cooking and hospitality. If you have a deck or are thinking about putting one on your abode, make sure it is or will be constructed correct. How it was built yesterday is not what good building science should be. Depending on the type of wood treatment and the selection of fasteners and hardware, corrosion can compromise a once sound structure.

Water is a leading contributor to decay and rot of wood framework, boards, railings and stairs. Composite decking still has wood in the components and will eventually deteriorate over time. The service life of a deck can be as short as 1.31 years, it is a guess after that. Under the best circumstances, even when built to building codes at the time, it it may not be done right, methods improve because of better ideas. Much is attributed to who did the work, not all jobbers care about quality.

Improperly built, uninspected, disrepair and neglect can have dire consequences. It might be anywhere from minor to fatality, issuing of violations to legal ramifications and monetary burdens. Demographics, economic conditions or property value is no indicator of deck failure. Within the last couple of years there have been several disasters, a significant increase from past collapses, even on expensive homes. These incidents have included investment properties, single family homes, multi-family complexes as well as commercial ventures. No area of this nation is exempt from a poorly maintained deck and shoddy work or the impact of nature.

When in doubt: inspect, correct defects, maintain and sustain decks, stairs and railings.

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