Check the Deck

by | Nov 11, 2021 | Safety

Keeping Outdoor Decks Safe & Strong

With more than 60 million decks in the U.S., roughly 30 million are past their useful life span.

That’s why 19 deck builders teamed up to form the North American deck and railing association and are working to address every deck that needs to be replaced or repaired. 

NADRA works in 47 states and 6 countries to bring awareness to the dangers of an outdated deck.

The group’s Executive Vice President Michael Beaudry says decks, like anything else in a home, need to be maintained and serviced, then eventually replaced.

They’ve worked for 17 years to push out this information and ultimately save lives.

“You have people getting injured, and sometimes killed, and we are just trying so hard to help people,” said Michael.

Several people died, and more than a dozen were hurt by deck collapses in the U.S. this year.

It is crucial for homeowners to have their decks inspected to verify the deck’s integrity and ensure safety.

Inspections also help extend the deck’s life-span, improve appearance, and increase livability.

NADRA leaders say landscape professionals play a key role in bringing awareness to this issue.

Crews can check decks as they spend time outside homes and businesses, and remind clients to invest in deck inspection, construction, stability, and longevity.

“For example, if a group wants to do a patio or install new lighting, or whatever it is, a crew member can tell the homeowner ‘Hey I was looking at your deck you really should get that inspected.’ Especially because the landscaper will have a closer relationship with the homeowner than the local deck builder.”

The association offers an array of tools to help professionals and consumers check the decks, then connect with building professionals who can identify and remedy potential problems.

The NADRA also built a 10-point checklist to help professionals monitor deck safety.

Michael Beaudry: Executive Vice President

Michael Beaudry is one of NADRA’s founders and leads the role as the Association’s Executive Vice President. Mike is passionate about NADRA. His passion and enthusiasm for all things outdoor living is contagious.

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