Scituate Ma, Deck Safey: Preventing Deck Failure

By: Allison Q Guido, CS

As a professional remodeler I find that decks are probably the project we get the most calls about but are the hardest to sell.Why is that? We find that homeowners often think that decks and porches are an easy project that any handyman or  part-time carpenter can do and aren’t sometimes aren’t willing to hire a professional.


This often concerns us because decks and porches being built properly is so  important to the safety and well-being of you and your family. We want to avoid  future problems and potential injuries by building a safe and secure deck that  is in line with current Mass building codes. 

Almar Building & CAT Exteriors also recommend that homeowners with existing decks have them inspected regularly to make sure that there aren’t any new safety  issues arising from age and wear and tear. Many older decks might have been  built prior to the current building codes which were written to protect homeowner’s  safety. Decks and porches can fail for a variety of reasons. According to the North American Deck and Railing Association website “especially due to old age, poor maintenance, improper building methods or exceeding load capacity. Heavy snow loads during the winter in northern regions can weaken the deck, necessitating an inspection in the spring before high levels of activity return.”

Craig Guido, CS says “Deck failures can be prevented, homeowner’s  just need to understand the importance of having existing decks inspected  regularly and the importance of hiring a professional contactor. By providing
regular maintenance, inspections and knowing the limits of the structure  homeowner’s can be sure to protect their families.”

So when you are ready to review all  of your options for your deck or porch give Almar Building & CAT Exteriors  a call. Our full service remodeling team can help you every step of the way  thru any renovation project you are looking to tackle: Addition, KitchenBathroom, Basement, Sunroom, Siding, Windows, Decking, and even roofing.

As a third generation family owned and operate company for over 50 years we have all the benefits of a small company with the options of a larger company including financing. We service the entire South Shore of Massachusetts including: Hanover, Hingham, Pembroke, Norwell, Scituate, Cohassett, Dubury, Hanson, Abington, Rockland, Holbrook, Braintree, Weymouth, Milton, and many more towns.

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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.