Whether it’s the wear and tear of age rearing its ugly head or signs of shoddy workmanship coming back to bite with a vengeance, warning signs of unsafe decking can come in a variety of forms.
Keep you and your loved ones safe by getting clued up on these cautionary cues with this insightful look into signs of unsafe decking.
How to spot signs of an unsafe deck
Unsafe decking can turn a chilled afternoon in the sun into a stressful afternoon in A&E instantly. As such, knowing how to spot the warning signs of a dodgy deck can be tremendously important.
Luckily, that’s where we come in! Here are two easy ways to spot an unsafe deck and prevent any decking disasters before they occur.
When building a deck, metal connectors are required in key areas to keep your decking securely in place; e.g. post to beam, joist to beam, etc. Loose and corroded connectors can be a warning of bad things to come and a tell-tale sign that needs your attention ASAP.
Similarly, missing connectors can be a sign that metal connectors haven’t been used at all and connections have been made by simply nailing the wood together. If the wood rots, these nailed connections likely won’t hold and could turn your decking into a danger fast.
If you own traditional wooden decking, you can naturally expect your deck surface to show signs of age as the years progress and wear and tear takes its toll.
While treating the wood can help hold back the hands of time, it will merely be delaying the inevitable. Chances are, you will have to deal with one of these wood-related issues sooner or later.
Rotting wood can see your once beautiful deck change colour, lose its looks and become dangerous all in one fell swoop. For instances like this, it can be easily detectable, characterised by softness, with surface wood capable of being scratched with a nail.
However, wood rot can also effect select areas of your boards that aren’t as easy to detect. Rotten wood within the framework – e.g. the posts, joists, etc. – can make your entire deck unstable, so be sure to check these areas particularly closely.
Similarly, cracked wood can be just as dangerous, if not more so, depending on the extent of the crack. Splits can weaken the structure significantly and act as the literal chink in the armour of your decking.
Cracks are common in natural wood as it begins to age, making older decking a prime candidate for cracked woodwork. Worse still, numerous cracks can cause serious structural damage, presenting a veritable timebomb for the inevitable structural failure.
Slippery when wet
Slippery decking can turn your outdoor space into a scene from Home Alone in the time it take for a single shower to fall. However, it’s not actually the rain alone that makes the deck slippery. The slip/slide-factor is actually down to a form of fungus and mould that grows on the wood when its wet.
Characterised by a black staining, this fearsome fungus can form on traditional wood no matter what season it is, making wood decking a slip-hazard year-round if not properly cared for and maintained. Worse still, it can ruin your deck complete, damaging it beyond repair.
Why choose TimberTech?
One of the best ways to ensure your deck is safe and sound is to opt for composite decking over traditional wood. The state-of-the-art composite decking from TimberTech is designed for durability and safety, and is superior to standard wood decking in virtually every way.
Unlike the real-wood decking of yesteryear, TimberTech composite decking is extremely durable and resistant to a number of challenges that both the elements and life throw at it, from spills and scratches to sun and snow.
With slip-resistance and split-resistance as two of the main product features, you’re instantly protected from two of the main hazards related to decking. Meanwhile, the expert fitters at TimberTech can assure your deck will be firmly installed and well-connected from pillar to post.
How long does composite decking last?
Axl Rose once said, nothing lasts forever… even cold November Rain. Sadly, this line also applies to composite decking and even the extremely long-lasting materials of TimberTech can’t quite claim to last forever.
Nevertheless, while our decking won’t last forever, they do last a considerably long time; most TimberTech decking ranges come with an impressively colossal 30-year warranty. With that kind of assurance, you can rest easy knowing that your decking is durable enough to withstand copious amounts of rain, be it November rain or otherwise!
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