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Building Decks Safer in Oakland County Michigan

Making Decks Safer in Oakland County: A Cedar Works Priority

As you prepare for the arrival of spring, you are probably looking forward to spending time outside – and if you already have a deck, the time to enjoy it is coming right up. But have you considered the safety of your deck? Cedar Works Custom Deck Builder has, and we are excited to share some of what we’ve learned.

According to building inspectors in Oakland County and throughout Southeast Michigan, decks are increasingly becoming the most dangerous part of a home. Now is the time to look at the deck you’ve been enjoying for years and assess how you can make it safer for your entire family. Wood decks don’t last forever and need regular maintenance – as they age, they should be regularly inspected to determine their structural integrity. Replacing an old deck with one built according to code and using new materials is an improvement that will ensure your family’s safety and enjoyment for years to come.

Decks most commonly fail at the point where they meet the house – known to builders as the “house bond.” This is where most deck collapses happen. Cedar Works Custom Deck Builder pays special attention to this crucial area. We check for issues at the house bond on existing decks and seal and flash this bond on all the decks we repair and the new decks we build throughout Southeast Michigan.

Another common weakness in older decks involves hardware. Metal fasteners, especially when used with treated wood, can corrode. This often happens under the deck, and so homeowners are unaware of the danger this corrosion poses. Fasteners can also fail at the connection points between the deck and the railing posts, making railings unsafe to support the kind of weight that they are meant to stand up against. Cedar Works Custom Deck Builder uses only ACQ approved and stainless steel fasteners, the only hardware guaranteed against disintegration when used with cedar or composite decking materials.

Cedar Works Custom Deck Builders uses state of the art materials, performs regular safety inspections, and adheres strictly to building codes on all the decks we build and repair throughout Oakland County and Southeast Michigan. Owner Jamie Ruddy’s background in engineering and degree in Building Construction Management makes Cedar Works the best choice if you want to add a safe and beautiful outdoor living space to your home, and Jamie personally oversees every Cedar Works project. Whether you are looking to inspect and repair an existing deck or design and build a new one, Cedar Works will make your family’s safety our top priority.

Deck Railings: Designs and Selections

A deck is the first feature of the house that grabs attention, hence choosing a rail that complements the decking material along with the style and color scheme of the house. With a wide range of choices choosing the right one is an art. Many rails are built from metal or composite or something is built as a combination of both.

Prepare for the Winter

In the mist of winter, it’s hard not to look forward to spring, when the snow will melt and it will be time pull out the patio set, fire up the grill and relax with a cold beverage.

Quick Build an Awesome Deck

Build your deck building project go faster. Seven simple steps from the pros. Quick and clever tricks like these allow professional builders to build a deck quickly and accurately. Building decks is not for everyone. If you are doing something simple, move ahead, follow the steps. If you are looking at a magnificent one, talk to the experts.

Waterproof Rain Escapes for a Deck

Rain Escapes, the spaces between decking boards on outdoor decks are meant to serve an important function, prevent water lodging in between wooden slides and causing damage to the wood. Eventually, they avert wet patches from forming and enable the surface to dry more quickly after rain and snowstorms.

Michigan Deck Building Trends – Pressure Treated Decks

With a parade of new homes coming up, there is huge demand there are various decks being built. Here we the deck experts have given you tips and suggestions on building decks. This article is a special mention of the trending pressure treated decks and the benefits.