Over 40 million decks in the US were built more than 20 years ago, according to the North American Deck and Railing Association.
Because decks are highly exposed, they are quickly affected by rain, snow, wind, and other elements, and wear out much faster than the rest of your house. That’s why it’s so important to check their structural integrity frequently. Avoidable deck disasters happen far too often.
The worst case scenario – and one that should have prompted every homeowner with a deck, balcony, or porch to schedule a regular safety inspection – occurred in Chicago in 2003, when a balcony collapsed, resulting in 13 deaths, and injuring 57 people.
Unfortunately, most people don’t get their decks inspected. In the past few months, there have been deck collapses and failures all over the country (and the world). See these as a cautionary tale, and be sure to get your deck inspected right away.
04/02/2017: Deck in Brisbane, Australia, collapsed under a handful of people. Thankfully, this collapse resulted in nothing worse than broken bones. (Brisbane)
04/24/2017: Deck in Decatur, GA, collapsed under seven people, sending five to the hospital. Resulted in broken bones and a concussion. (Decatur, GA)
05/20/2017: Eleven people hurt after deck collapsed at an apartment complex in Philadelphia, PA. (Philadelphia)
06/11/2017: Deck in Virginia Beach, VA, collapsed under twenty people. Seven people treated for non-life-threatening injuries at a hospital, four of whom had serious injuries. (Virginia Beach)
06/15/2017: In Ottawa County, MI, a deck collapsed, injuring fourteen people, two of whom were treated at a hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. (Ottawa County, MI)
06/17/2017: Deck in Lake County, MT, collapsed during a funeral, injuring more than fifty people, nine of whom had critical injuries. (Montana)
06/17/2017: Two people sent by helicopter to a hospital to be treated for serious injuries after a deck collapsed beneath them in Dodge County, WI. (Dodge County, WI)
06/27/2017: In Boca Raton, FL, a deck collapsed under fifteen people, sending two to the hospital. Three others had minor injuries. (Boca Raton)
By having a home safety expert examine each part of your deck, you can rest assured that none of these tragedies will happen to you.