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Check Your Deck® During Deck Safety Month® in May
CONOVER, NC – Your deck is the perfect place to enjoy warm weather with friends and loved ones. However, a poorly maintained or unsafe deck could possibly collapse, causing serious injuries to you and your guests. During Deck Safety Month® in May, experts at Fence Quarter recommend homeowners Check Your Deck® before starting to plan family activities.
“The number one priority and message to homeowners is to ensure that their decks are safe for use,” says Christopher Price, CEO, a member of the North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA). “Outdoor structures like decks are exposed to sun, rain, snow and extreme temperature changes over the years. The need to maintain and inspect them is critical for keeping decks strong and safe.”
Fence Quarter supports the work of NADRA, which has created campaigns and educational programs, along with certifications for home inspectors, deck builders, remodelers, builders, code officials, engineers, architects, distributors, lumberyards and manufacturers to improve proper installation practices. The organization has also developed checklists and safety awareness information for consumers to assure they have details available to them to evaluate their decks. The information can be found at www.NADRA.org
“Your roof has a life expectancy. Your windows have a life expectancy. What about your deck?” Says Michael Beaudry, executive vice president of NADRA. “Consider the snowfall accumulations from just this past year. These heavy loads cause additional stress on outdoor structures and create a need to evaluate. With more than 50 million decks in the U.S., it is estimated that 25 million decks are past their useful life and need to be replaced or repaired.”
“It’s important for homeowners to check their deck on a yearly basis.” says Price, whose company is located in CONOVER, NC . “It’s time to Check Your Deck®!”
According to Price, a key element to homeowners enjoying their decks for years to come is making sure it is safe and code compliant. NADRA’s “10-Point Consumer Safety Checklist” is an efficient way to take a good look at the different parts of the deck, with an eye to what might need maintenance, repair or replacement. The free checklist can be found at www.NADRA.org
Homeowners should consider a professional deck inspection. “A professional inspector will thoroughly examine your deck, provide information on your deck’s capacity limits, identify any dangerous problem areas and give you some insight of what to keep your eye on in the future,” says Price.
Price reminds homeowners that older decks require closer scrutiny and regular inspections. Many decks were built before code requirements were established to protect consumers. Some of these older decks may have deck-to-house attachments using only nails instead of the current recommended construction using deck tension hardware that greatly helps in the prevention of ledger failures.
Deck inspection requires special knowledge, expertise and experience. Experts at Fence Quarter recommend homeowners visit www.NADRA.org to find a professional builder or inspector in their area. Or, for more details on Fence Quarter, visit fencequarter.com
About Fence Quarter:
Based in Conover, NC Fence Quarter, LLC designs and manufactures innovative tools as well as deck and porch railing inserts. Homeowners, seasoned decking professionals, and contractors can all benefit from the high quality and sustainable products that Fence Quarter delivers. From the patented deck railing infill insert to the FAIL NOT patent pending hardware system, Fence Quarter has a history of designing and selling innovative products that are the first of their kind within the industry. The company is dedicated to creating products that are easy to use, beautiful to behold, and feature high quality craftsmanship. To learn more about the FAIL NOT patent pending hardware system contact a Fence Quarter team member by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or visiting www.FenceQuarter.com.
The North American Decking and Railing Association is the voice of the decking industry, representing the interests of deck builders, inspectors, manufacturers, dealers/distributors, lumberyards, wholesalers, retailers, and service providers alike. NADRA’s mission is to provide a unified source for the professional development, promotion, growth, and sustenance of the deck and railing building industry in North America so that members can exceed the expectations of their customers. Visit www.NADRA.org to access all of NADRA’s Deck Safety Month® resources.