With our precious summer coming to a close, it’s time for crisp fall breezes and the soon-to-be cozy winter evenings. As you begin to cue the pumpkin spice and hot cider, consider taking the extra steps to prepare your outdoor deck with a thorough inspection for the winter months ahead.
Knowing what to specifically look out for and where exactly to check, you can easily inspect your deck like a pro deck builder.
As you begin your deck inspection, pay particular attention to three following areas:
Regardless of what deck design or decking material you have, there are two major areas that require thorough inspection:
The support and framework determine how structurally sound your decking is, which is why it’s important to frequently inspect the condition of all the components that support your decking. To inspect your outdoor deck, carefully examine the following decking components to ensure stability:
Your decking and railing are the parts of your outdoor deck that you see most often, and they typically receive a lot of beating from general wear and tear. Despite the fact that deck flooring and railing are more visible as you spend more time looking at them, they still require a thorough inspection. Having wobbly deck railings or floorboards that move when you walk on them are safety hazards that need to be addressed quickly to avoid injury.
As we head into winter, take the time to ensure your outdoor deck is in good condition to brave the bitter months ahead. If you notice some concerns during your inspection, our UglyDeck.com team can help you determine the best course of action. Your safety is our number one priority. Whether you’re in need of a new deck rail, joist replacement, or total deck replacement, our expert Twin Cities deck builders are here for you at every step of the way, from professional consultation to quality product recommendations.