Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Lateral Failure: The Deck Failure San Francisco Deck Builders Warn
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.