The Dangers of a Poorly Built Deck

The Dangers of a Poorly Built Deck

properly-built-decks-MinneapolisIf you take a look at the ‘boom’ in the Minnesota housing market recently, you’ll come to notice that it seems many people are starting to travel less and stay at home more. There are many ways to enjoy your home to the fullest, and those that spend a majority of their time at home typically have a beautiful deck on their home. Decks are definitely a popular feature for almost every homeowner, but unfortunately, it seems that the safety and construction of said decks have started to concern many. Decks that are constructed wrong can definitely cause injuries and worse yet, deaths.

If you were to attempt to build your own deck, well you also wouldn’t be the only person to try this. Unfortunately, if you aren’t familiar with deck construction, you likely don’t realize they need to be built a certain way in order to hold certain weight and stress that is typical for most decks. People walking on the deck and the wind can also impact a deck so proper construction is very important. Hire a Minneapolis licensed professional builder for your deck so that building codes are met and any injuries from future use can be avoided.

Common Code Violations When Building a Deck

The codes we’ve listed below are those that are often overlooked when deck construction is concerned or if homeowners are constructing their own deck.

  • Improper fastening of the deck ledger to the home. It’s not uncommon to find homeowners installing the deck ledger right over the current siding without using the required, and necessary, flashing.
  • Improper fastening of the railings on the deck. Per building code a railing is required to have the ability of resisting a 200 lb. load. Any load on the top of the railing will create a leverage force on the area where the railing attaches to the deck.
  • Post base connections missing or incorrect. The base of a post connects to the footing of the deck and it’s crucial that it can resist lateral movement of the deck.
  • Spacing of railings. The stair or deck railing openings must not be any larger than 4” in order to act as a safety feature; especially for families with young children.

Existing Deck – Replace or Repair?

  • Cracking – It’s common for wood to start cracking once it starts aging. If you’re noticing big cracks or simply a lot of cracks all over your deck, the frame may begin weakening.
  • Rotting – Over time wood can start to rot and degrade due to the exposure of weather elements. Certain parts of the deck frame, if rotted or starting to rot, could fail in terms of proper function which could result in a safety risk.
  • Corroding – The fasteners and connectors holding your deck together could likely start corroding as time passes; some connectors and fasteners are designed to resist corrosion.
  • Loose Connectors – Over time the connections that hold your deck together could start to degrade. This might result in loose or wobbly railings or steps and ledgers that have began separating from the home’s structure; all instances are reason for concern.

Professional Minneapolis Deck Builders

So if you are looking into building a deck. We highly recommend that you hire a professional contractor like Iron River Construction to do it for you. We will build your deck with the highest standards of quality and safety. The most important part of building a deck is choosing the right builder. So contact us today for a free quote or easily schedule your appointment online.

Tracy Dahlin, owner of Iron River Construction, has been selected by REMODELING magazine to join the REMODELING Big50.
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