What to Do if Your Deck Was Damaged by Hurricane Sandy

Photo of a tree uprooted by Hurricane Sandy in Summit, New Jersey.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by Hurricane Sandy. We’ve already received emails and phone calls from customers regarding what to do with their damaged decks. Our advice is to seek the professional opinion of a licensed inspector or contractor in your area. They will inform you of exactly what repairs needs to be done. Here’s a list of licensed and insured builders who are also current members of NADRA (North American Deck and Railing Association). If you fear your deck is unstable, DO NOT WALK ON IT! If you get injured, the likelihood you’ll receive prompt medical attention is very slim given the scarcity of resources. Also…

FTC Warns Consumers: Charity and Home Repair Scams May Appear After a Disaster
BEWARE of scams from unlicensed contractors and other so-called professionals.

These people are out there right now, looking to screw over our friends and neighbors. During these emotional times, it’s understandable how people can become desperate and rely on the “too good to be true” words of scam artists. Please forward this article to anyone you know who lives in the affected area who might run into these predatory people.

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