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Top 10 Mistakes of Deck Building

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Every year people are injured or even killed from deck collapse. With over 40 million decks in the United States, it is important that you check the safety of your deck. You can do so by giving us a call at Premium Decks and we will conduct a full inspection of your current deck and let you know if we find any issues and what can be done to correct any problems we find. It’s all part of a positive deck building experience.

Here are 10 of the most common mistakes we find at Premium Decks:

Unsealed Wood

Unsealed wood decks can age and deteriorate faster than sealed decks. Proper sealing prolongs the appearance and life of a deck well beyond unsealed decks. Avoid the “worn out” look by sealing it.

Stairs with Open Risers or Missing Railings

Open space between steps invites accidents. Avoid injuries and create a tailored look by covering the risers. Hand railings are fundamental to the safety of a stairwell.

Improper Railing Height and Baluster Spacing

Building codes have very specific measurements for railings and balusters to avoid accidents and injuries. This is a key component in deck building.

Undersized Structural Members

An undersized structural member increases the risk of deck collapse and can create sagging and improper weight distribution. Avoid deck warping and collapsing by properly sizing all members and components of your deck.

Missing or Improper Joist Hangers

Nails alone are not enough to counteract the shear forces on a structural member. Joist hangers are an essential element in creating reinforced connections and supported decking. Ensure the safety of your deck by using properly sized, engineered, and correctly installed joist hangers.

Improper Deck Materials

Weather-resistant materials are necessary on exterior structures to prevent rot or deterioration. There are specific fasteners for exterior conditions and it is critical that the proper fasteners are used. Select materials that are expressly made to withstand all weather conditions. Have you visited our Supply Store located in West Fargo, ND? If not, find us here!

Undersized Footings

Footings create a solid base for the posts of your deck. Undersized footings can lead to sagging, warping or collapse.

Improper Attachment to Structure of House

How your deck attaches to your home determines its safety and durability. This is an area that you may want to overbuild beyond the minimum standards or requirements. Again material, size, and quality are critical.

Improper or Missing Flashing

Every deck must address water management. Water can soak into your home at the point where the deck connects to the house. Properly installed flashing will prevent erosion to the structural integrity of your deck and home.

Not Obtaining a Permit

Obtaining a permit is the most overlooked step in deck building. Safety is the main focus of following the permitting process in Fargo-Moorhead.

The permit process requires drawings and specifications of the proposed deck. Building Inspectors will verify that the deck plans meet the local building and safety codes. This crucial step will save you from making costly mistakes before the first hammer swings. The permit process requires on-site inspections during construction phases to ensure the deck is being built according to code.

It is crucial for the safety of your family and your guests that a deck is built properly. For deck building, inspection, design or repairs call Premium Decks @ 701-492-8080.


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