It’s good to have a deck at home to serve as an extension of your indoor living spaces. No matter the design, purpose, or material it is made of, it must be as safe and secure as possible. Without proper maintenance, it could become prone to the damaging effects of moisture damage, including rot and mold growth. Here’s a look at some of the ways you can make sure your deck is safe.
Replace Damaged Wood
Decks are usually made of wood. When it comes to wood, however, you need to avoid rot and wood-destroying organisms such as termites. Make sure to remove dead leaves and the buildup of moss and mildew. Moisture from these elements make your floor slippery and can lead to wood decay and splinters. To check the integrity of the wood, look for a blunt pointed object like a screwdriver. If you can push this tool inside the wood easily, or if the wood has become spongy, it likely means that your wood is damaged and needs a replacement.
Inspect the Railings
If you have kids or pets, your deck’s railings are an important safety feature. The railings prevent anyone from falling to the ground below. They should be installed on decks that are 30 inches above the ground or higher. As a general rule, the railings should be at least three feet in height and reach the average person’s waist. Railings also keep out animals that may venture into the yard and nest on your deck.
Provide Ample Lighting
Ample lighting is necessary for your home’s outdoor features, and your deck is no exception. A well-lit deck not only enhances its aesthetic appeal but also improves its safety as well. Make sure there’s lighting by the stairs to prevent your guests from tripping when getting on and off your deck. If your light bulbs are busted, be sure to replace them right away. For best results, you can consult an electrician to ensure your lighting fixtures and outlets are up to standard.
In addition to deck construction, Eagle Creek Siding, LLC also provides services for decks that need restoration. We can assess your deck for structural deficiencies and replace boards, railings, and stairs. Call us today at (360) 570-0396, or fill out our online contact form to request an estimate.