How do I check if my deck is built according to correct safety standards?

Home Inspector with Global Property Inspections

Building a deck is a project often done by do-it-yourselfers; unfortunately, not all decks are built soundly. A deck inspection includes checking the support posts, railings and decking boards to ensure it is in proper condition and safe.

These are some key points to look for during a deck inspection:

•  Deck built immediately below electrical wires or over an air-conditioning/heat pump unit

•  Warped or fractured wood support posts

•  Deteriorated masonry posts

•  Missing support posts or undersized support posts

•  Support posts that are sinking into the ground

•  Deck securely attached to house or independently supported

•  Bolts mounted head out and thread end in

•  Railings and steps installed (if required) and secure and sound

•  Decking in good condition and securely attached (ledger board bolted to house, with joist hangers installed)

For more information or to locate an inspector in your area, visit or for HRM Standards


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Pat Champion
Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty - Mount Dora, FL

Building a deck requires a lot of work it pays to have someone qualified to do the work to make sure all the steps above are followed. Thanks for sharing the information.

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