Best Practices: Decks - Introduction
As a Northern Utah Home Inspector, the inspection of decks is a primary part of many of my inspections because so many people love them to entertain guests 8 months of the year. Due to our arid climate, decks tend to last longer and their maintenance gets deferred because we don’t have the excessive humidity and moss growth found in many other parts of the country. This leads to a false sense of security as homeowners neglect their upkeep and prospective home buyers think that all is well, This page is the start of a series provided by the Journal of Light Construction trade magazine, and while all of the information presented isn’t mandated by the building codes, several of the specifics greatly exceed the code and this is why they are deemed “Best Practices”. If you are going to build a deck, or have one built, then I highly recommend that you take the safer “Best Practices” approach. It may cost more on the initial investment of the build, but the “Best Practices” detailing will provide years of trouble free peace of mind while you enjoy time on your deck.
Journal of Light Construction (JLC) - Introduction
Michael Chotiner is a contributing editor to JLC.