CHECK YOUR DECK® THIS MAY

CHECK YOUR DECK® THIS MAY

 

BY WOLF HOME PRODUCTS | 05.01.2017

Wolf Home Products is proud to partner with NADRA, the North American Deck and Railing Association, this month to recognize Deck Safety Month® to promote outdoor living in a beautiful and safe environment.

For many, May marks the unofficial start to summer. This means it’s time to get outside to work in the garden and start cleaning up the deck for summer BBQs. In addition to having a clean deck, it’s important to make sure you have a safe deck. Wolf and NADRA recommend homeowners Check Your Deck® this May before kicking off summer activities.

There are an estimated 40 million residential and 10 million commercial decks in the United States, with 50% of them being more than 20 years old. To ensure the safety of your family and friends, it’s important for homeowners to check their decks on a yearly basis. Outdoor structures like decks are exposed to sun, rain, snow and extreme temperature changes over the years. The need to maintain and inspect them is critical for keeping decks strong and safe and helps to avoid possible collapses.

NADRA offers a 10-Point Consumer Safety Checklist, which is an efficient way to take a good look at the different parts of the deck, with an eye to what might need maintenance, repair or replacement. Below are 10 parts to examine when you Check Your Deck®:

  1. Split or decaying wood
  2. Flashing
  3. Loose or corroded fasteners
  4. Railings and banisters
  5. Stairs
  6. Cleaning and maintenance
  7. Grills, fire pits, chimneys, heaters, and candles
  8. Lighting and electrical
  9. Outdoor furniture and storage
  10. Surrounding trees

Homeowners should also consider a professional deck inspection. A professional inspector will thoroughly examine your deck, provide information on your deck’s capacity limits, identify any dangerous problem areas and give you some insight into what to keep your eye on in the future.

It’s important to remember that older decks require closer scrutiny and regular inspections. Many decks were built before code requirements were established to protect consumers. Some of these older decks may have deck-to-house attachments using only nails instead of the current recommended construction using deck tension hardware that greatly helps in the prevention of ledger failures.

Once you Check Your Deck® and ensure it’s safe, grab your friends and fire up that grill for your first BBQ of the summer!

 

AZEK® Encourages Awareness for Deck Safety Month®

SKOKIE, IL—AZEK® Building Products, a leader in the development of premium composite decking, is raising awareness alongside the North American Decking and Railing Association (NADRA) this May for Deck Safety Month®. As summer approaches and people begin to enjoy their outdoor living spaces, it is the ideal time to address and fix any poorly maintained or unsafe decking structures.

“Decks are exposed to sun, rain, snow and extreme temperature changes throughout the seasons and the years,” said Julia Fitzgerald, chief marketing officer of AZEK Building Products. “May is a great time to remind everyone to inspect decks for safe outdoor entertaining.  Safety is our number one priority so our decking is scientifically engineered to stand up to the elements and remain sturdy, reliable, and splinter free for years. Likewise, our railing is not only beautiful, it’s low-maintenance as it is sturdy.”

Here are the top tips to ensure a safe deck:

  • Identify Instability – There should be no sagging, swaying or movement of the deck boards, railings or stairs, and the board attaching the deck to the house should be securely in place.
  • Inspect Railings – The IRC requires railings to be at least 36’’ in height, measured from the deck surface to the top of the rail. Also look for loose balusters or post caps which could present a hazard.
  • Get up to Code – Check that the deck, electrical outlets and appliances are up to code, and that no electrical cords present a tripping or fire hazard. Inspect grills, fire pits and heaters at the start of the season.
  • Examine Boards and Fasteners – Check for splitting, rotting or decay. Look for rust on nails, screws and fasteners; a corroded fastener can cause deterioration in surrounding materials.

“Homeowners who have an AZEK® or TimberTech® deck don’t have to worry about many of the traditional performance issues wood decks present,” said Fitzgerald. “Our products are protected with advanced polymer materials which make them resistant to mold, mildew and moisture damage.  Also, our railing collections are certified to meet the International Building Code, and International Residential Code for load bearing and other universal safety considerations.  Wood just can’t compete when it comes to long lasting safety and durability.”

 

Read the original article from AZEK® here