What are the Warning Signs of an Unsafe Deck?

Here are the top five warning signs of an unsafe deck:

  1. Missing Connections: A well built deck will have wood, nails, screws, and metal connectors. Take a look at your deck. If you’re missing any of these connections, your deck might be unsafe.
  2. Loose Connections:  On some decks, especially if they weren’t built properly, vital connections will begin to degrade over time. Issues like wobbly railings, loose stairs and ledgers will appear to be pulling away from the home. These are the most common signs that it is time to repair your deck.
  3. Corrosion of Fasteners and Connectors:  Nails, screws, and metal connectors will begin to rust over time. Rust and other signs of corrosion can weaken the overall structure of your deck.
  4. Rot: Over time, wood will begin to rot due to weather, insects, and other factors. Wood members within the frame of the deck can start to rot. When this happens, various parts of your deck will become unstable, making it very dangerous to walk on.
  5. Cracks: As the wood ages, more cracks may develop, weakening the stability of your deck. When your deck is weakened by cracks it becomes for susceptible to collapsing.
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