According to the North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA), there are more than 50 million residential decks in the U.S. It is estimated that 30 million decks are past their useful life and need to be replaced or repaired.
Since the deck is exposed to daily weather conditions, moisture becomes the primary contributor to material deterioration, fungal growth, and even pest intrusion. It is crucial for homeowners to have their decks inspected to determine the condition, isolate any safety concerns, prioritize maintenance/repair items, and to identify areas to help extend the deck’s appearance.
Our goal is to educate you on the overall condition of the deck. It is based on the visible and apparent condition of the structure and its components to include the ledger board attachment, flashing, and fasteners, joists, post to beam structure, decking, stairs, and railings and handrails, site grading/drainage near the deck posts.
Deck Safety Inspections are designed to disclose deficiencies that could materially affect its safety, livability or function. The inspection is not meant to disclose cosmetic defects.
The evaluation/inspection of residential decks requires special knowledge, expertise and experience because of the possibility of the gradual deterioration of structural materials from water, climate factors, and corrosion of structural fasteners and connectors. In addition to structural materials, numerous deck elements such as guardrails, handrails, lighting, stairs, and landings may not meet current safety standards as the building codes are updated on a recurring basis, typically three years.
A professional inspector should thoroughly examine your deck for occupant safety to ensure the deck is safe for future use. Scott Biller has completed the NADRA Deck Certification Professional training and passed the exam.
This inspection is recommended every three years or if it has been more than five years since your deck was constructed or last inspected.
It is recommended that you attend the inspection. This will provide an opportunity to discuss any questions or concerns you may have regarding the deck’s condition including, maintenance or recommendations. While our inspection reports include concise explanations and images, seeing defects in person adds more clarity.
Within 24-48 hours of the inspection being completed, you will be furnished with a report describing the scope of the inspection and the condition of those components.