Check Your Deck

If you have an above-ground patio deck supported by upright wooden posts and horizontal beams, take a few minutes at this time of year to ensure that its integrity has not been compromised - especially if you are likely to host gatherings during the summer. The fact is that nails, screws, bolts and brackets can loosen, rust or corrode after contact with damaging elements. In addition, wooden components - even pressure-treated lumber - can become vulnerable to rotting, splitting or insect infestation over time, and soil conditions could change enough to cause the deck's foundation to shift even slightly. As a result, your deck's support structure and/or railings could become unstable, leaving your family and guests at risk of a serious fall. To avoid an unfortunate accident - and an unwanted insurance claim - be sure to carefully inspect your deck from top to bottom at least once a year.

Stephen Tar

Stephen Tar

Sales Representative
CENTURY 21 Leading Edge Realty Inc., Brokerage*
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