Fiber-Coat Deck Co
1635 W Lambert Rd Unit B
La Habra, CA 90631

(657) 706-2299

Serving Huntington Beach Area

Routine Maintenance Tips for Commercial Decks

The deck provides the foundation for all the outdoor activities and processes on your commercial property, which is why you need to make sure it’s up to current regulatory codes by performing periodic inspections. By having that peace of mind, you’ll be able to get the most out of your commercial deck.

Commercial decks should be professionally inspected at least once every two years. The deck surface should also be cleaned at least once a year, because it will extend its lifespan and preserve its aesthetics. Like the rest of your property, your deck has to endure a great deal of stress throughout the year. Not only is it constantly exposed to the elements, but it also has to deal with a number of load-bearing situations. It even has to deal with the effects of normal wear and tear.

deck inspection checklist

Safety Issues to Look Out For

Your deck has to deal with the harsh elements of the outdoors throughout the year, which can take its toll (even if it has been well maintained). While you’re having your deck professionally inspected, you should look for the following safety issues:

  • Insect Damage — If your deck wasn’t treated with insect repellent, it’s more likely to be affected by ants and termites that can get into the framework. You will notice this problem when you see any movement when you step onto the deck. If you notice a slight sway when you walk out, contact a professional to check for insect vulnerabilities.
  • Rusted Fasteners and Connectors — Not every safety issue is outwardly visible. You need to make sure the fasteners, connectors, and joints are in good shape. This includes making sure that bolts, screws, and all other metal connectors haven’t been rusted or compromised in some other way. This is especially true if your deck is more than 10 years old.
  • Cracks and Rotting — As long as they don’t grow, small cracks aren’t anything to worry about. But you need to keep an eye on any cracks that are located around fasteners or between joists. They can exploit weaknesses in your deck, which can lead to serious problems if they’re not taken care of. You should also seal and stain your deck every 2-3 years. And if you have a cracked floor that keeps getting worse, you should replace the deck boards.
  • Unsturdy Railing — You should fix a loose railing as soon as possible, because the risk of injury is too great for it to be put off. It plays a critical role in making your deck safe. You need to make sure that proper construction techniques are being used, and you shouldn’t allow anyone to excessively sit or lean on the railings.
  • Mold and Mildew Exposure — Almost every deck will deal with problems at some point during its lifespan, but you can prevent this issue from occurring by washing and staining it on a regular basis. Mold and fungus, however, should not be taken lightly. So if you notice a fuzzy or mushroom-like growth, you should get it taken care of as soon as possible.

Be sure to speak with a professional for more information.

Types of Deck Inspections

There are two types of deck inspections that you should perform on a regular basis:

  • Deck Framing Inspection — This type of inspection is often required for decks that are built low to the ground, which makes it possible for inspectors to do their work without having to crawl under the structure. In these situations, you will need to have an inspection done before the decking is installed so the framing is visible from above the deck. The inspectors will make sure that it’s being built according to what was specified in the plan. They will also be looking at any specific connections as they’re assembled across the frame.
  • Deck Footing Inspection — Contractors can save a lot of time on a project by doing a footing inspection after every excavation, but make sure you do it before you mix and pour the concrete foundation. Inspectors will make sure the base and hole depths meet the specifications listed in the approved plan. They will also make sure the holes are free from any loose dirt and water. If water is in the holes, it must be pumped out and allowed to dry for a couple of days.

If you have a commercial deck on your property in the Los Angeles area and are looking for someone to help you with its maintenance, be sure to get in touch with the Fiber Coat Deck Company.

Fiber-Coat Deck Co
1635 W Lambert Rd Unit B
La Habra, CA 90631
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