Monday, November 10, 2014
If you notice the deck swinging and swaying with no wind blowing, the deck definitely needs to be inspected. Shaky handrails and loose deck beams are only the beginning. Check the integrity of joints and beams, and look for any rotting wood. A deck is like a chain that is only as strong as its weakest link—if one of the railings fail, the rest are sure to follow since they are all connected. Rotting posts and beams should be reinforced or replaced immediately. If you aren’t handy with a hammer, it’s advisable to consult experienced businesses like Schafer Construction, which specialize in deck repair for Oakland and Bay Area homes. The company can complete the repairs and maintenance work in the nick of time for that barbecue you’ve been planning with the neighbors this weekend.
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Decks often fail due to overloading, if not from poor design and construction. However, one expert suggests being wary about another way decks can fail: swaying. Unlike vertical forces, horizontal ones caused by side movement don’t need to reach maximum weight capacity to force a deck to give way. This type of deck failure, according to Washington State University’s Composite Materials and Engineering Center director Don Bender, is rarely reported in the news.
Monday, November 3, 2014
More room to groove The extra space will certainly come in handy for storing extra furniture and other stuff. As another option, you might consider constructing a covered deck and creating an al fresco dining area or daytime living space. Think of it as adding an extra room for peanuts. Seeing as cost and maintenance will be minimal, a deck would definitely make living at home feel like party central.