One deck survived a tree crashing onto it. Another deck collapsed to the ground when hit by a smaller tree. Why?
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How Long will your Deck Last?
If your deck’s frame was built properly, it should last decades. But what about the deck flooring? PT, fir, cedar, mahogany, ipe, and plastic synthetics age differently, and fail differently.
Should a Homeowner get his own Building Permit?
The short answer is “No”. The long answer is also “No”. Really? Yeah, this one is straightforward. Let me explain; […]
Why Hasn’t Your Deck Collapsed?
If your deck violates the building code, why has it not fallen down? There are several reasons, let’s look at them….
What is a Pergola and Why would your Deck want one?
A “pergola” is a flower? No. It’s the snooty word for a trellis….An elaborate pergola might have layers above the rafters — purlins and maybe laths…It may incorporate curves or other interesting shapes….Even romance.
What is a Cantilever and Why would Your Deck want one?
Cantilevering deck joists allows you to build larger decks at lower cost. They are safe, but you must follow some special rules.
Want to Convert your Deck to a Porch?
Can I convert my back deck to a screened porch? Replace that hot bug magnet with a cool, sheltered outdoor room? Yes, you can — depending on a number of factors.
What is a “freestanding deck” and Why would you want one?
What is a “freestanding” deck? Some freestanding decks stand alone in the yard, but many are right next to a house. What makes a deck truly freestanding is that it is self-supporting….But, why would someone want her deck freestanding?…
Can’t understand your deck contractor? Here’s help
Are you confused about deck construction terms? Don’t know a trellis from lattice? I can help you speak like a contractor. Oh, cross that out. Make it: “Speak to a contractor.”
Will Snow Damage my Deck this winter? Tips for clearing snow from your deck
Must I shovel the snow off my deck? Actually, you don’t….Don’t shovel your deck to avoid collapse….Don’t shovel your deck to protect the wood….Do clear the snow to provide an exit path….If you do shovel your deck, here are some TIPS:
Is your deck ready for Winter?
Winter is coming, could your deck collapse from the weight of snow? Are you concerned about the safety of your deck?…Compare the design load of your deck to the actual weight of snow…
How Safe is Your Deck?
How safe is your deck? Every year residential decks fail and collapse, killing or injuring homeowners, their family and friends….Two primary causes of catastrophic deck failure are improper attachment to the house and inadequate footings….you can easily remedy this yourself….But correcting inadequate footing requires a professional….