It’s May, Have You Inspected Your Deck?


May is recognized as Deck Safety Month®, an initiative spearheaded by the North American Decking and Railing Association (NADRA) to encourage homeowners to inspect and maintain their outdoor decks. Properly caring for and maintaining your deck is crucial not only for extending its lifespan but also for ensuring the safety of everyone who enjoys this outdoor space.

Importance of Deck Safety

Decks are a fantastic addition to any home, offering a perfect space for relaxing and entertaining. However, they require regular maintenance and inspections to ensure they are safe and secure. Issues like loose railings or unstable posts can pose serious safety risks if not addressed promptly.


Key Safety Tips 

  1. Annual Inspections: It's recommended to conduct a thorough deck inspection at least once a year. Look for signs of wear such as loose boards and unstable railings

  2. Proper Cleaning: Avoid using chlorine bleach for cleaning your deck, as it can damage the wood fibers and corrode metal fasteners. Opt for alternatives like hydrogen peroxide or oxygen bleach, which are safer for wood surfaces and effective against mold and mildew.
  3. Maintaining Clear Drainage: Ensure that gutters are not directing water under your deck and that the ground slopes away from the structure to prevent water pooling. 
  4. Creating Good Airflow: Especially if you use the area under your deck for storage, make sure there is adequate airflow to prevent moisture buildup, which can attract pests.
  5. Safe Storage Practices: Do not store materials like firewood under your deck, as these can attract pests and rodents. Also, ensure that any stored items do not block ventilation or access points.
  6. Check for Overhanging Limbs: Regularly trim tree branches that hang over your deck to prevent damage from falling limbs and to reduce the accumulation of leaf debris.

Resources and Further Actions

For those who need more detailed guidance or who may not be comfortable performing an inspection themselves, it’s a good idea to hire a professional deck inspector. They can provide a comprehensive evaluation and address any issues that might require complex repairs or specialized knowledge.

NADRA offers a variety of resources, including a 10-point safety checklist, to help homeowners conduct thorough inspections and perform necessary maintenance tasks. Accessing these tools can provide you with the necessary steps to ensure your deck remains a safe and enjoyable space for years to come.

By taking proactive steps during Deck Safety Month, homeowners can ensure their outdoor spaces are secure and ready for enjoyment throughout the year. For more detailed tips and to download safety checklists, you can visit NADRA’s website or the Treated Wood Deck Safety page.

Download Your 10-Point Deck Safety Checklist

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