Deck Safety: Priority One

Your deck is a place to party, and to relax. You want it to be trouble-free, and last you a long time. You can ensure you’re always putting safety first by building a safe deck from the beginning, and inspecting an existing deck at least once a year. We want you to enjoy many seasons without incident.


Did you know that the average life expectancy of a wood deck is just 10 to 15 years? How old is your existing wood deck? If it’s older than 10 years, there’s a good chance you’re due for a new one. Experts estimate that in the U.S., millions of decks are most likely past their useful life, and could be unsafe—primarily due to collapse. You can prevent tragedy by taking a few simple steps. Composite decking can last longer, although it also needs to be checked regularly for any safety concerns.

New Construction

If you’re building a new deck, you want to make sure your deck design structurally sound from the foundation up. If you use a licensed, experienced deck builder, they’ll take care of the details. If you’re building it yourself, build to recommended specifications, starting with footers and supports, and don’t skimp on materials, especially the proper structural fasteners, connectors, nails and screws. When you come to JAY-K Lumber for your deck order, we make sure you have the right materials, right down to the fasteners.
If you plan to wire yours for electricity or run propane or gas lines, make sure you work with a licensed professional, and perform all installations to code.

Existing Decks

Learn how to evaluate your construction to make sure it’s structurally sound, and check it at least annually. If you’re not sure, find a construction professional to help! It could mean the life or safety of you or someone you love. Perform regular maintenance as recommended, and inspect it every year to make sure your connections are still solid and strong. Especially watch for loose connections, cracked or rotting material, and misalignments.

Learn more by asking our pros for tips on making sure your deck is safe!