Deck Safety

With the weather warming up, many of us are enjoying outdoor gatherings with loved ones. This past weekend, we celebrated our son’s christening with a joyful cookout at home. As Deck Safety Month begins and friends and family gathered, it reminded me of the importance of ensuring our deck is safe and secure, just like many of our homeowners do.

Gray Azek decking with black railings
Gray Azek decking with black railings

At Almar Building, we follow a comprehensive Deck Evaluation Checklist provided by the North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA). This checklist helps us identify any potential issues that could pose safety risks on existing decks.

NADRA emphasizes the critical need for regular inspections and maintenance of decks, as well as the proper installation of new ones. According to their research, there has been an alarming increase in deck failures leading to injuries and even fatalities. With millions of older decks across the United States, many built before current safety codes were established, thorough inspections are crucial.

Tips from NADRA for homeowners when selecting a remodeling professional:

  • Seek Recommendations: Ask friends, family, and local trade associations like Pro New England for referrals.
  • Evaluate Contractors: Meet with potential deck builders to review their portfolios and discuss preferred materials. Look for an experienced professional, like Almar Building with proper licensing, insurance, and strong references.
  • Consider Quality Over Price: Beyond cost, prioritize expertise and professionalism. Contact your local building department for guidance on deck construction standards.

When you’re ready to explore options for your deck safety, consider giving Almar Building a call 781-826-2577. Our full-service remodeling team is here to assist you every step of the way, whether you’re planning an addition, kitchen renovation, bathroom update, or exterior projects like siding, windows, decking, or roofing.

Let’s make your home improvement journey safe, enjoyable, and beautifully transformative.

Craig Guido

With 20 years of remodeling experience both in the field and working in collaboration with homeowners to develop remodeling projects designed to fit your lifestyle.