As president of the North American Deck and Railing Association, whose focus is on consumer education and deck safety, Matt Breyer is a proponent of yearly inspections and preventative maintenance to protect you, your family and your guests.
DIY enthusiasts may want to do this themselves. We’ve compiled a list of several resources if you’re looking to tackle this project on your own, HERE:
However, if you’d rather leave this work in the hands of trained deck professionals, we at Breyer can take the worry and hassle out of this for you. Click HERE to set up your no-cost FREE evaluation.
Basic Good “Deck-Keeping”
All deck owners should do the following as preventative maintenance:
- Winter cold and moisture can take a toll on your deck’s infrastructure. Check for signs of weakness and rot in the corners and hidden places, where organic debris like leaves may have gathered.
- Make sure the railing posts are braced and bolted so that they don’t “give” when you lean out or wiggle them. If there is weakness, have them repaired immediately.
- Where the deck attaches to the house, make sure the joist hangers and bolts are properly secured.
- If your deck includes stairs, check the connections at the top and bottom to make sure the framing hasn’t moved away from the deck’s structure.
- Remove or cover planters and move furniture close to the house and cover it.
- Clean out damp leaves and debris from the corners of your deck to keep mold and mildew from forming.
- Inspect railings and outdoor stairs to make sure they’re secure (see above). If not, repair them now, before winter further weakens them.
- Wash all surfaces, and remove stains that can become permanent. Make sure you use the right solution so that you don’t damage the deck (the experts at Breyer can recommend the right cleaner).
- When snow arrives, make sure you remove it from your deck as regularly as you do from your sidewalks. Always with a push broom or plastic shovel, so that you don’t damage the surface.
NOTE: Deck safety is a serious issue! If you prefer to inspect your own deck, please be sure to take advantage of NADRA’s Deck Safety Program and the useful resources there to help you determine if your deck is safe or may need attention.
May is Deck Safety Month. Might be the perfect area to link to here; NADRA has some resources http://nadra.org/consumers/deck_safety_month.html