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Deck Inspections

Deck inspections are crucial in ensuring the safety and longevity of outdoor decks. Decks are exposed to the elements, which over time can cause wear and tear, leading to potential safety hazards. Regular inspections can help identify problems early and prevent accidents, as well as prevent costly repairs.

According to a study by the North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA), there are an estimated 40 million decks in the United States that are over 20 years old and in need of repair or replacement. The study also found that there are an average of 33,000 deck-related injuries and over 500 deaths in the United States each year.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that deck failures are a common cause of injury and death related to outdoor recreational activities.

In addition, a study by the Insurance Information Institute (III) found that the average cost of a deck collapse claim is around $9,000, but can exceed $20,000 for more serious injuries or deaths.

Deck inspections can help to identify critical safety issues and recommend repairs to ensure the integrity of these critical structures. With millions of decks in the United States in need of repair or replacement, and thousands of injuries and deaths each year related to deck failures, it is important for homeowners to take deck safety seriously.

What to expect from a deck inspection

A deck inspection performed by Meridian Inspections is an hourly inspection that gives you just what you need. Results can be reviewed in person verbally or a report can be produced to help you work with contractors to get bids for work necessary to ensure the safety and integrity of your deck for years to come.  Just what you need and nothing you don't. Deck inspections are conducted to evaluate structures against current best practices for deck construction.  Elements of the inspection will include:  

  • Design

  • Materials

  • Footings

  • Posts

  • Beams

  • Joists

  • Decking

  • Railings

  • Stairs and Landings

  • and associated accessories.

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