Now is the time for a deck safety check

Your deck is the perfect place to enjoy the warm weather with friends and loved ones. But an unsafe deck could possibly collapse, causing serious injuries to you and your guests. So, if it’s summer, it’s time for a deck safety check.

A deck like this one from Peachtree Decks & Porches of Georgia is a great spot for summer dining and relaxation.

A deck like this one from Peachtree Decks & Porches of Georgia is a great spot for summer dining and relaxation.

The number of deck failures and resulting injuries has been increasing at an alarming rate. The experts at the North American Deck and Railing Association, Inc. (NADRA) offer the following tips to help determine whether your deck is safe to use or needs a few repairs before the summer fun can begin:

* Use the “10-Point Deck Safety Checklist” at nadra.org to determine maintenance, repair and replacement needs.

* If you’ve never had your deck professionally inspected, make an appointment today.

* If you find your deck is not safe to enjoy, NADRA advises taking immediate action to have it repaired or rebuilt as necessary.

A key element of enjoying your deck for years to come is making sure it is safe and code compliant. When hiring a deck builder, there is more to consider than just price. NADRA recommends homeowners contact their city or county building department to speak with an inspector knowledgeable about deck construction.

For more information visit www.nadra.org.

Materials courtesy ARA Content

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