There about 40 million decks in the US. About 1/2 of them need either repairing or replacement.
The cause? Improper construction or/and lack of maintenance.
July 28th – 2013 :: Tinley Park, IL Fourteen people were injured Saturday night after the second-floor deck of a home in the 16700 block of Beverly Avenue collapsed during a party at the residence.
We recommend homeowners watch for these 5 warning signs of unsafe deck construction.
Similar to your home, your deck should be built with a “continuous load path.”
That’s a method of construction that creates a series of solid connections within the structure. These connections transfer the weight or “load” from the deck through its frame and then to the ground and/or adjacent support structure (typically your home).
If your deck is built with a continuous load path, it will be better equipped to resist forces like wind, snow and earthquakes.
Keys to a Safe, Strong Deck
If you’re building a deck or have an existing deck, you should know how to evaluate its construction to make sure it’s structurally sound and safe. A strong deck uses proper structural connectors and fasteners (like nails and screws) and includes regular maintenance.