Homeowner’s Manual: Porches, Decks and Carports (Updated for 2021!)
Inspect deck and balcony steps and surfaces for loose fasteners, “nail pops” (nails backing out), rotted wood and proper operation of gates and latches. Replace rotted boards and framing members. Loose fasteners should be removed and replaced with ring shank nails or decking screws for better holding power. Aluminum or stainless-steel fasteners cost more but will not rust. Rebuild any loose, missing or rotted railings, benches or steps. Current safety standards require decks or balconies with a height of thirty inches (30”) or greater off the ground adjacent to the deck or balconies to have railings and the balusters spacing to be four inches or less to prevent the passage of small children. Dirt, mold and mildew can be removed from deck surfaces by power washing. Power washing equipment can be found at most rental centers. After the surface is clean, finish with a deck sealant or wood stain for a longer lasting, better looking deck.
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