Deck Construction and Maintenance Reference Guide
Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 7:42PM


Your deck is an important part of the structure of your home. It should be maintained and repaired as required.

The following are some tips to help ensure your deck stays safe:

Regular maintenance:

Staining or painting. Look for rust on bolts, screws and nails, especially on older decks. Look for the deck coming away from the house. The bolts may require tightening or on older decks, nails may be required to be replaced with lug bolts.

Building Code Requirements:

Handrail: Minimum height (guards) – 42” Maximum distance between pickets – 4”. When in doubt, HIRE A PROFESSIONAL to look at yoru deck and make the needed repairs.
For more information visit or phone 450-5554 / 1-800-668-2001.


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