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Outdoor Deck Inspection: What To Look Out For

Structural stability is by far the most important factor to be on the lookout for when it comes to your outdoor deck inspection. There are, of course, other factors that are important. The deck’s aesthetic appeal is, for example, a key factor you shouldn’t compromise on. So how exactly should you go about inspecting your outdoor deck? Do you need to consider other factors or elements of outdoor deck inspection? Read on to learn more.

Outdoor Deck Inspection: What To Look Out For

Outdoor Deck Inspection: What To Look Out For

Deck Footing

Before your outdoor deck inspection, always ensure your deck footing is professionally done. Ensure the footing’s extension, the surrounding tube, and the metal bracket that fastens the post to the footing are all sturdy. The beams should also sit on the post well. This should not be hard to inspect since all you need to do is ensure that the bolts on the beams where you put two boards together to come up with a beam are professionally done.

Lighting Fixtures

Be keen where wires are involved. Your concern here shouldn’t be structural integrity but safety as well. Remember, you’re not supposed to have the wiring stapled on the outer part of the siding. That is tantamount to unprotected wiring. It is susceptible to damage.

Be keen on lateral bracing as well. It should be nailed at the bottom side of the deck boards. This will prevent the deck from swaying from side to side. Feel free to test the deck’s structural integrity by rocking it a little from the outside corners. The deck should not rock at all. Rocking, however slight, means the deck is not structurally stable. Putting on some steady lateral bracing can go a long way to ensure the deck is structurally stable.


There should be some type of metal flashing or membrane between your house and your deck to prevent water damage. This only applies if there is flashing between the deck and your house. With that in mind, inspect under the deck to see if the flashing is still firmly in place. Then while at it, beckon the signs for water damage where the house and the deck meet.

Deck Foundation

The foundation size of your deck should always depend on your soil’s condition and the deck size.  Ensure that your deck posts are at least 48 inches deep into the ground. This should be below the frost line to ensure resistance to shifting and movement.

The measurements changed where concrete piers were used to set up posts. Start by checking posts to ensure they solidly fit into piers, which should measure anything between 6 and 36 inches in diameter. The measurement you ultimately go for should be based on the size of the deck the piers will be supporting. Note that posts should be secured with concrete or galvanized metal.  Be sure that the connectors you use are strong enough and not rusting. Be sure to also inspect fasteners and nails for signs of corrosion or general weakness. If and where possible, carry out an inspection on structural framing fasteners after every two to three months, especially if you live in a windy area.

About LA Decks

L.A. Decks is a full-service, family-owned deck contractor serving the greater Los Angeles and Orange County area. We understand the complexity of the local area for outdoor projects in terms of space and geography better than anyone.
Since 1995, we have been delivering customized solutions that overcome those obstacles and address each customer’s individual budget, taste, and preferences.

Our team strives to improve the lifestyles of our customers, one project at a time. Together, we actualize our clients’ visions into a serene, all-encompassing, and stunning backyard getaway.