New Safety Requirements Require Expert Attention
What many people don’t realize is how poorly constructed many existing decks are in Wisconsin. Collapsing decks have seriously injured many residents and caused damage to both the decks and the buildings they are attached to. Recent changes to Wisconsin’s Uniform Building code has identified new requirements for deck construction to ensure safety and structural stability. Among the areas of compliance addressed are:
- Permitted construction materials (composite and treated lumber)
- Methods of attaching decks to structures
- Ensuring weight load limits
- Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance
- Requirements for fasteners, footings and lateral support
If you think it sounds complicated, you’d be correct! That’s why it’s so important to have a deck safety check completed by the experienced deck team at KV Tech Construction.
Is My Deck Safe?
Many residential decks were constructed using haphazard designs, poor connectors, insufficient footings and/or supports. Additionally, over time homeowners will add amenities to decks that often put a dangerous strain on load-bearing elements. Some areas that may be cause for concern:
- Adding heavy objects to the deck such as outdoor grills, outdoor furniture, and large plant containers
- Installing hot tubs or kiddie pools
- Deck is attached to the house using a ledger board
- Deck is fastened using straight nails
- Footings that are insufficient or deteriorating
- Unsafe deck railings with openings that are too large
- Deck supports that are rotting or too small for the load
- Deck surface is soft and rotted.
- Damage from poor drainage or lack of snow removal.
Make Sure Your Northern Wisconsin Home’s Deck is Safe!
The deck crew at KV Tech has been state trained to assess your old deck and determine how to make it safe and ready for family fun again! As part of our deck safety check, we’ll review the deck structure, assembly, footings and materials to develop a plan to either repair your existing deck or remove and replace it with a beautiful new deck that is safe to enjoy for years to come.
Is your deck falling apart? Contact us or call (715) 765-4483 for a deck safety check today!
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