According to some experts, decks are among the most dangerous part of the home, if not the most dangerous. Too many tragic accidents, injuries — even deaths — have occurred due to decks not being properly checked for major safety issues. Luckily, many of these accidents can be avoided with a proper deck inspection, as well as keeping up with regular maintenance.
Every spring, before deck season begins, it's a good idea to inspect your deck for any red flags, such as corroded fasteners, loose connections, rotted wood, mould
, cracks, etc. If your deck appears to have any number of these issues, it's important to bring in an expert who can check it out, make sure it's safe and if not, provide you with recommendations that can help make it right.
If your deck is more than 5 years old, a deck inspection is highly recommended and should be followed up with an inspection every 3 years thereafter.