As an owner of a vinyl deck, you know how fantastic it is to have a low-maintenance decking option for you and your family. Being able to spend this summer outdoors has been a fantastic time but there’s no denying that decks can sometimes prevent a safety issue. If you have children or elderly family members who are out on your deck with you, this is especially important. Take the time to try out these vinyl deck safety tips and keep everyone out of harm’s way.
Replacing Deck Membranes
The membrane, or the actual surface of your vinyl deck, is kind of like a raincoat. Assuming you keep it in good shape, the membrane keeps your deck dry and functional—but the moment a hole happens, everything can get damp and start to degrade pretty quickly. If your deck’s membrane does start to fail on you, it can lead to mold and rot, even eventually compromising the structural integrity of your vinyl deck. Any signs that there is damage should be immediately looked at.
If you have wobbly posts or railings, this could lead to a disaster down the line. Sometimes it’s as easy as taking a look at and tightening a few screws and bolts. However, once your railings and posts get old enough, you may need to outright replace them if you really want to guarantee safety on your deck. If you’re unsure, have an expert come out and look to see how damaged they are.
Testing the Stairs
If your vinyl deck has stairs, you know how important safely getting up and down them is. Once you start dealing with loose stair treads, slippery steps that offer no grip, and even just clutter, it makes for a much more dangerous situation. You can try checking to see that your steps are in good shape and repairing any visual damage but you can also look for slip-proof surfaces that are worth installing if you use your deck often.
Trust Eastern Shore Porch and Patio
When you embark on your next project to erect a pergola on your property, trust Eastern Shore Porch and Patio to help. We service Bethany Beach, Ocean City, Lewes, and the Delmarva area. You can request a quote today! If you have questions or concerns, call us at 302-436-9520 or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For updates and ideas, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and Youtube.