How to Check and Inspect Your Deck
Keeping Your Outdoor Space Safe
- Take a leisurely stroll around your deck
- Check and lightly shake all deck footings to ensure they're still securely in place
- Looking at your support posts, ensure there's no cracks or splinters
- If no fascia is installed on your deck, inspect the hardware connecting the beams to the support posts
- Review your staircase parts and hardware - stair stringers should be attached to the deck joist with a structural hanger or bracket. If the stair stringer is simply toe-nailed to the deck, consider replacing the hardware for something stronger such as one from OZCO.
- If your deck was built with natural, non-treated lumber; inspect deck boards closely for damage from pests and bugs
- Verify that the ledger board to rim joist connection remains solid and unmovable
- Decks made from non-composite or PVC decking should be checked yearly for wood rot, mold, and mildew growth
- Check for any cracks in your wood boards, tiny cracks are common but can expand with the weather; protect against this by staining your boards to seal the crack
- Check the flashing along the ledger board and joists, if you spot any holes or rust, repair or replace as needed
- Inspect your joists and beam hardware for rust, to replace, put in a temporary support while removing the old components
- When walking across your deck, listen and feel for any pops, creaks, or unusual give from your boards
- Clean away all leaves, dirt, and debris from your deck surface with a hose or pressure-washer
- Inspect each deck board for rising nails or loose fasteners; replace as needed
- For non-composite decking: stain, seal, or treat your deck boards annually
- Walk along the edge of your deck, testing and checking your railing for loose posts or handrails
- Consider the landscaping and trees surrounding your deck, ensure it's clear from the deck
Want More Info?
Check out the Deck Consumer Checklist and the Deck Evaluation Checklist both supplied from NADRA; the North American Deck and Railing Association. NADRA is a professional group aiming to be the number one source for the professional development, promotion, growth, and sustenance of the Deck and Railing building Industry throughout North America. From deck design, to the best safety tips and products, NADRA wants to help everyone love their outdoor living space and help it last!
Deck Safety Questions
What if there is rot in my wood decking?
What do I do about a loose deck board fastener?
I'm noticing water pooling around my ledgerboard or joists. What do I do?
How can I make my deck more safe for family and guests?
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