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Preventing Deck Failure

Preventing Deck Failure

Last month, at a restaurant in Tennessee, a deck collapsed. Eleven people were injured with two being critical. In its legislative briefing for May, The Outer Banks Home Builders Association sent out a reminder to property owners to inspect their decks.

Our saltwater environment corrodes fasteners, nails, and bolts more quickly than in other parts of the country. Bolted connections between the house and the deck and between pilings and girders need to be inspected regularly. While most newer decks on the Outer Banks meet NC Building Code requirements, nail fatigue and rust can cause a deck to lose its structural integrity.

When a deck failure makes the news, it's not usually the result of sunbathing or dining at a picnic table. The usual culprit is when a vacationing family gathers on the deck for a group picture or when a large gathering is held on the deck.

It is critical to have a licensed builder or a structural engineer inspect your decks, porches, handrails, and stairs to determine if there are any potential structural issues.

Check out our blog posts to learn more. If you have concerns about your deck, feel free to call us at 1.800.3663.4944 or contact us through our website.

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