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Monday, May 25, 2015 | Category:

Sadly, injuries and deaths from deck collapses are not uncommon. Just this past April, eight students attending Ohio’s Cedarville University were injured when a second-floor deck collapsed during a gathering at a home. None of the injuries were life-threatening, but the accident did result in broken and dislocated bones. Most interesting, perhaps, was the fact that the deck was built within the last 10 years, and not considered “old.”

The occurrence of deck collapse disasters tend to increase as the summer months approach and we spend more time outside. Homeowners should be aware of effective ways to inspect their outside areas to avoid decking disasters and be knowledgeable of their insurance options in case this unfortunate situation occurs.

Annual deck inspection 

In the United States alone there are estimated to be 40 million decks in use that were built 20-plus years ago, according to the North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA). Building codes, construction methods, and decking materials have changed considerably in those 20 years. Add in the fact that decks are outdoor structures constantly at the mercy of rain, sun, snow, and extreme temperature fluctuations, and it’s easy to see why an annual deck inspection is a smart idea.

Water damage, insect infestation, wood rot, and separation of the house and deck ledger board aren’t always visible to the untrained eye. NADRA provides a listing of qualified deck inspector members who must comply with state licensing and insurance requirements as well as adhere to a code of ethics (visit www.nadra.org for more information).

Fiberon Decking has created an informative infographic, “Check Your Deck,” provided below. Also, keep reading to learn 5 things you can easily do to keep your deck safe.

CheckYourDeck-Infographic



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