Graduation parties. Barbecues. Birthday parties. Holidays. If you have a deck, it is probably well-loved with foot traffic from special events and gatherings. The last thing you would want is for something to happen during one of those events or to a loved one due to faulty deck work or a missed inspection.
Regular deck maintenance can ensure the safety of your guests and family members. Regular deck upkeep also increases the lifespan of your deck. Learn how often to have your deck inspected and key areas to assess throughout your deck’s life.
How often should I have my deck inspected?
We recommend a professional inspection of your deck every two years and to clean the surface of your deck at least once a year. If you have a deck that needs staining, painting or other aesthetic maintenance, the exact timing for those updates can depend on your deck’s surface and products used.
Areas of the deck to inspect
Some of the main areas of your deck that should be inspected every other year include:
- Base support
- Condition of the wood/materials
- Deck boards
- Flashing, screws and attachments
- Soil surrounding and under your deck
- Structural support and framing brackets
- Stairs and railings
Work with a deck professional to assess the safety of the components above. If you’re unsure about whether your deck needs replacing, it’s always better to err on the side of caution. Professional deck contractors will be able to tell you if there is anything unsafe regarding your deck and/or provide recommendations for any repairs or re-decking that should take place.
A note on home deck permits
Before engaging in any deck project, repair or rebuild, check your city’s permit requirements. Most cities will require a permit for all decks and deck repairs with a few exceptions. Working with a deck professional can help – they should know what is required from the city and most often will coordinate the permit process on your behalf as part of the job.
Your deck handles a lot of wear and tear throughout the year and is also exposed to the elements just as any other exterior area of your home. Get into the habit of regular deck inspections to keep your deck viable for years to come and to keep those that use it safe.