CHECK YOUR DECK® DURING DECK SAFETY MONTH® IN MAY
Make sure your deck is ready for outdoor entertaining
Quakertown, PA – May 1, 2021 – This year is crucial for you to make sure your deck is in tip-top shape so you can entertain family and friends on your deck. That’s why we stress the importance of May’s National Deck Safety Month’s® initiatives and recommend that all homeowners Check Your Deck® before inviting loved ones out onto your deck.
“The number one priority and message to all homeowners is to ensure that their decks are safe for use,” says Michael Beaudry, Executive Vice President, at the North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA), an inspector member of the North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA). “Outdoor structures like decks are exposed to sun, rain, snow, salt, and extreme temperature changes over the years. The need to maintain and periodically inspect them is critical for keeping decks strong and safe.”
NADRA has created campaigns and educational programs, along with certifications for home inspectors, deck builders, remodelers, builders, code officials, engineers, architects, distributors, lumberyards and manufacturers to improve proper installation practices. The organization has also developed checklists and safety awareness information for consumers to ensure they have details available to them to evaluate their decks. Information can be found at www.nadra.org/deck-safety.
There are more than 60 million decks in the United States alone. It is estimated that over 30 million decks are past their useful life and need to be replaced or repaired. Many decks were built before code requirements were established to protect consumers. Some of these older decks may have deck-to-house attachments using only nails instead of the current recommended construction using deck tension hardware that greatly helps in the prevention of ledger failures.
A key element to homeowners enjoying their decks for years to come is making sure it is safe. NADRA’s “10-Point Consumer Checklist” is a quick way to take a look at the basic areas that might need attention, possibly some maintenance, repair, or even replacement. The free checklist can be found at www.NADRA.org.
As Homeowners it’s important to have a professional deck inspection. A professional deck inspection can be done by a certified professional who will thoroughly examine your deck, provide information on your deck’s condition, identify dangerous problem areas, and give insight of what to keep your eye on in the future.
Follow NADRA on Instagram to see safety tips and updates throughout Deck Safety Month® and the year.
About The North American Deck and Railing Association
The North American Deck and Railing Association, Inc. (NADRA) encourages safe building practices to the industry and promotes deck safety to the consumer. They are the voice of the industry, which is made up of deck builders, inspectors, manufacturers, dealers/distributors, lumberyards, wholesalers, retailers, along with a wide spectrum of related service providers of the deck and railing industry.
NADRA’s unwavering mission is to provide a qualified and unified source for the professional development, promotion, growth and sustenance of the deck and railing industry so that members can continually exceed the expectations of their customers.
At NADRA, we generate and connect great ideas with great people to inspire quality, knowledgeable leadership, and achievement within the deck and railing industry. For more information, visit www.NADRA.org.
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