A well-built and maintained Mendocino Redwood deck is a naturally beautiful focal point for outdoor living. As our thoughts turn to backyard entertaining, however, it’s important to keep deck safety in mind, and since May is Deck Safety Month, it’s the perfect time to evaluate newly built as well as older decks.
In 2006, the North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA) designated May as “Deck Safety Month” after noticing an alarming rise in the number of deck collapses and resultant injuries. NADRA decided it needed to raise public awareness about this issue by declaring this the official month for routine safety assessments and offering consumers a convenient checklist to use.
- Split or decaying wood: check several different areas of the deck to be sure the wood is still sound. Test for any decay or insect infestation that may be present.
- Flashing: be sure the flashing (metal or plastic guard to direct water away from the house) is sound and replace if you notice areas that are collecting water.
- Loose or corroded fasteners: tighten or replace any fasteners that have become loose or corroded, since these can lead to deterioration in the wood.
- Railings and banisters: should be built to code (usually 36-42 inches high and no more than 4 inches apart). Make sure they are secure.
- Stairs: check to make sure they are firmly attached showing no decay, with no more than 4 inches between open treads. Clear stairs of toys, planters and other items.
- Cleaning and maintenance: clean debris, check for mildew, scrub and apply a waterproof coating. For Mendocino Redwood maintenance tips and instructions, visit our Easy Maintenance page.
- Grills, fire pits, candles, etc.: any source of heat should be placed away from flammable surfaces and used with caution.
- Lighting and electrical: make sure lighting is clean and working properly and that electrical cords are in good condition.
- Outdoor furniture and storage: should be properly installed and secure. Be sure to child proof storage areas that may house any backyard chemicals, which must be stored safely out of reach.
- Surrounding trees: overhanging trees should be trimmed to avoid breakage and possible damage or injury.
As you can see, evaluating your deck for safety is an important item to add to your spring to-do list.
Remember also, that Mendocino Redwood decking is strong and durable, naturally decay and insect resistant, as well as dimensionally stable. In addition, it has earned class B compliance with California’s strict fire codes. With Mendocino Redwood, you’re making a safe choice for your family.
To find and purchase Mendocino Redwood decking for your next outdoor project, please visit our Store Locator page. Mendocino Redwood is available exclusively at The Home Depot stores throughout California and the western United States.