During the summer, spending time outside is inevitable. This is why there is no better time then now to check your decking, especially your stairs. After you have checked for loose/corroded fasteners, and split/decaying wood be sure to inspect your stairs.
As always, if you are unsure about the safety and stability of your decking and/or stairs, DO NOT WALK ON IT! Call a local licensed contractor familiar with this type of installation.
As mentioned before, checking for loose and corroded fasteners is necessary to ensure the safety of your deck. Be sure to include the stairs when you do this inspection. If any fasteners are corroded replace them, and it’s highly recommended to replace them with stainless steel fasteners. Tighten any loose fasteners. If you see that any part of your decking is held together with just nails, replace immediately. Do not step foot on your decking until you have checked every fastener, on your decking and stairs.
Shaky or deteriorating railings are dangerous. If you find your stairway has railings that are not secure, or even decaying, it’s crucial to replace them immediately.
If the stringers and risers are not in superior shape, they need to be replaced. Check your measurements as well. If your stairs are open in the back, most local building codes require the distance between each stair to not exceed 4”, and standard stair runs are 11”.
It is also advised not to leave anything on the stairs that could pose a tripping hazard, such as potted plants or children’s toys.
Checking for issues now will save you from potential accidents, and will leave you with a carefree and safe summer!