A wood deck has an average of 10 to 15 years life expectancy but many of that deck that already exceeded their life expectancy are still in use although it could be extremely unsafe. Proper regular maintenance and inspection of your deck are highly required for the possibilities of getting a fatal injury are endless when this deck collapsed. 

Here are some tips and warning signs to help you recognize if you will need a for repair soon. 

Loosening of Connectors and Corrosion
Due to natural wear and tear and also because of harsh weather, main deck connectors become degraded over time. Replace a rusty fastener for it can cause faster deterioration of the surrounding wood. Properly check and ensure that all fasteners including screws and nails and anchors are tight. 

Decaying or Rotting Wood 

Wooden deck’s life expectancy is not very long because they are exposed to the elements especially if it always raining, can cause the wood to rot easily and also degrade over time. The signs of decay will likely to show up first on the area of the deck where there are rain puddles. This is an easy problem than can be resolve by replacing only the wood with signs of decay. However, if one part of the deck already started to rot, it is most likely that you will need to rebuild your deck because it probably has reached its maximum lifespan. 

By just using a long screwdriver, a professional inspector can check for rotten deck but you can also inspect your deck by using your finger. First, you start at areas that are wrinkled and stained. If the wood will start to collapse even if you are only applying pressure with your finger, or they are soft to touch or something squishy, it means that the wood is already deteriorating and your wooden deck is no longer stable. Be sure to check your wooden deck in several different areas, areas that are often damp are crucial to the stability of the structure so pay special attention in areas like this especially if the area is in the presence of connectors.  

Cracks in the Wood
As wooden deck ages, it is common to have cracks on the wood but large cracks could weaken the deck which can later turn into risk and the collapse of the structure and this is because cracks allows water into the wood which is the cause of decay. Even with regular sealing and coating with preservative, cracks still happen. 

Stairs and Railings
Ensure that the banisters and railings are firmly secure in place. The higher your deck is, the more important it will be. Also inspect all risers that they are securely in place and not decayed. 

Injuries from deck collapse could be serious so be sure to properly maintain your deck and do inspection regularly especially if it is near in the end of its lifespan. Being aware of this will keep your family and friends safe. 

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