Quick 5 point deck safety check
Every year we hear news reports of people being hurt because a deck has collapsed. Deck-King® hopes to raise awareness of this issue whilst advertising their business. Homeowners and landlords should check their decks at least before every Summer. Inspecting regularly can help catch potential hazards and better ensure a safe and enjoyable space.
This quick 5 point checklist only takes 15 minutes:
Check timber and steel posts for damage, rot or rust. Posts that enter into the ground dig next to each post to expose and check, tread the soil or turf back in place.
Check timber and steel beams for rot or rust also look for splitting or abnormal movement. Painted timber beams and posts can hide rot - poke with a screwdriver.
Check the attachment points between the deck and the house, (this is one of the most common failures causing decks to collapse), look for wood rot and regularly spaced bolts, that bolts are not rusted, consider more fixings and replacing rusted bolts. Some older decks are only nailed to the house - this is a serious concern you must add additional fixings.
Check all fasteners, bolts, joist hangers and other hardware for rust or corrosion and replace or add additional as required.
Check all balustrades and steps are not damaged, rusted or rotten and are sturdy and secured. Don't test balustrades by pushing against them or jumping up and down on steps in case they give way.
We suggest you seek professional advice before attempting DIY repairs. Whenever you build or make structural repairs to a deck it is important to establish if you need building consent, a quick call to your local council will clarify if consent is required.
In many instances it’s better value to demolish an old deck and build new. If this is your preferred action consider changing the deck layout to match your lifestyle. As a very rough guide the cost of a new first floor deck is about $650.00 per square meter of deck built - including labour and materials. Building consent costs are in the region of $5,000.00 + GST