Every year in Massachusetts, news stories inform us about people who are needlessly injured when aging deck railings give way while they’re leaning on them. As a result, many sustain life-threatening injuries and some victims, unfortunately, die. If you’re a homeowner with an aging wood deck, those stories are certainly concerning. And, your deck’s tired old railings and balusters will also lower your home’s curb appeal. Fortunately, there are several classic signs to look for when your deck railings need repairs, starting with these from the Seal-a-Deck team.
Making sure your deck stairs are sturdy and safe is just as important as maintaining your deck. If you have serious concerns about your deck stairs, only a licensed contractor can determine whether your stairs comply with local building codes. However, you can check your deck stairs for general safety issues, and then call an expert for advice and repairs.
Before you start, clean your deck and remove all debris from between boards. Accumulated leaves and dirt hold moisture and encourage rot, so it’s important to check every nook and cranny. This is our recommended procedure for inspecting deck stairs:
Deck rail lighting enhances the appearance of your deck at night, illuminating architectural details like posts and balusters and creating a soft, glowing ambiance. Outdoor floodlights can cast unattractive shadows and shine brightly into your eyes, making it harder to see. The ambient light of deck rail lighting is gentler on the eyes and directs the light exactly where it’s needed. A well-thought-out lighting plan for your deck can work together with other outdoor lighting to create a beautiful and inviting backyard both day and night.
Your deck should be the ideal spot for relaxing outdoors - morning coffee overlooking the garden, reading in the afternoon, or cocktails at sunset. Deck privacy walls provide a windbreak and create a secluded area that gives you a feeling of privacy, even in neighborhoods where homes are very close together.