Tuesday, May 3, 2016

4 steps to a safe deck for Keller homeowners

For Keller homeowners, now is the perfect time to check that your deck is ready for outdoor entertaining. Just as you take your car in for regular maintenance to avoid bigger problems, a little deck maintenance goes a long way to ensure your peace of mind and to give your deck a longer life. Here are four tips for to keep in mind as you prepare to spend more time outside on your deck.

1. Inspect your deck every year.
Ideally, you should inspect your deck each year by going underneath it to make sure posts, beams, joists, deck boards, railings, fasteners and connectors are all in good shape, and nothing is unstable. The most important section is where the deck connects to the house. The stability or lack thereof will indicate a sturdy deck, or a failing one. It is imperative to use structural screws rather than nails to secure the deck ledger board to the house.

2. Build it right.
Like a house, a deck should be designed to support the weight it will need to carry - think people and furniture, as well as the forces of Mother Nature, such as wind and hail. A safe deck needs load-tested, structural connectors and fasteners throughout the entire structure, spanning from the house to the posts in the ground. The county building department or a licensed contractor are both great resources to check that your outdoor structures are up to code. If you're a DIYer, you can also check out the DCA 6 - Prescriptive Residential Deck Construction Guide.

3. Combat corrosion.
Decks - and the metal connectors that keep them connected and safe - are exposed to the elements. Over time, metal connectors, screws and nails can corrode and weaken the structure of your deck. When choosing connectors, take into account where you live, and how weather and the environment may affect your deck. In many cases, connectors with a zinc galvanized coating and hot-dip galvanized fasteners provide adequate corrosion resistance

4. Maintain for beauty and safety.
Just like other parts of your Keller home, regular maintenance is needed. You should keep your deck clean from debris, and every deck should be cleaned once a year. If needed, you can apply a water-repellent sealant or stain. Remember, no two decks are exactly alike. If you are unsure about the safety of your deck, consult a professional who can help inspect your deck, provide suggestions and let you know how much a project or repair should cost. Then, make sure to get out and enjoy your deck all summer long!

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