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Tips to Keep Your Outdoor Space Safe and Secure This Spring

The weather is getting warmer, which means you’ll soon be spending more time outdoors. BBQs, outdoor parties, and other springtime gatherings are best experienced with a gorgeous deck, but you’ll want to ensure everyone’s safety. Being outdoors, wood is susceptible to the elements. Railings can come loose, wood can rot, bugs can eat away at the deck, and steps can break. Any of these things can potentially become a safety hazard. Keep your outdoor space safe with a few essential tips.

Check for Rotting Wood and Loose Planks

Be sure to remove any wood planks that have become loose or subject to rot and/or mold.

Ensure the Railing and Steps Are Secure

Whenever there is damage to the wood, there will inevitably be damage to the fasteners that hold up the railing. Go along the railing to ensure all the nuts and bolts are screwed tight. Then, check the steps for broken planks or other signs of damage.

Protect Against Bugs

Ants, termites, and the larvae of beetles are among the bugs that chew into the wood, causing damage to your deck. Check for bug-related damage or an infestation anywhere, especially termites. If you find either, it’s best to call a professional to resolve the problem. Otherwise, it’s a good idea to strip the wood every three years and then add insecticide before staining.

Inspect the Grill for Potential Safety Hazards

Before you plan on getting a lot of use out of your deck, check to ensure that bad weather over the winter didn’t cause damage to the grill. Particularly inspect the gas lines. Once you know the grill is in good working condition, make sure it is at least two feet away from any furniture.

Determine the Weight Capacity of the Deck

Outdoor decks can hold a lot, but there is a weight limit. Decks hold roughly 50 pounds per square foot. Therefore, a hundred square feet can hold approximately 5000 lbs. To give an idea of this, consider that if you have a party with 30 guests at 200 pounds each that is 6000 pounds.

Add Any Necessary Outdoor Lighting

Lighting is key to creating a safe outdoor space. It’s especially important to have lights near steps and railings to prevent anyone from falling.

Get Your Deck Professionally Inspected

Roughly every five years, get your deck professionally inspected. A professional can alert you to potential problems with your deck before something happens.

Patios and decks enhance your outdoor space, making it a place where you want to gather friends and family together. If you’re ready to upgrade your outdoor area with a deck or patio installation, call us at SH Renovations in Norman, OK today. We’re here to help you create the backyard of your dreams.