With Memorial Day weekend behind us, deck season is in full swing. The sunshine and warmer weather entices homeowners to start spending more time enjoying their decks and outdoor living spaces. There is no better time to take a good look at your deck and take care of maintenance needed to ensure another great summer.

Regular inspection and maintenance of existing decks, and not to mention proper installation of new decks, pays off in the long run. With many homeowners building and enjoying decks, this time of year provides a great opportunity for dealers and contractors to do their part to promote safe outdoor living while potentially growing deck sales.

Here are three ways to support deck safety with customers:

Be a resource for common deck safety do’s and don’ts

Become a true safety resource by making it a main talking point with prospective customers. Here are a few areas to discuss with customers regarding deck safety:

  • Proper joist spacing
  • Adequate ventilation under deck
  • Loose or missing railings and balusters
  • Missing or loose connections
  • Incorrect fasteners
  • Nail and screw pops
  • Understanding local building code

Addressing these items will help increase deck safety awareness among customers and show your company cares about the community.

Offer professional deck inspections

With more and more homeowners considering their deck an extension of the home for living and entertaining, the need for proper inspection, maintenance and remodeling of existing decks has never been greater. When looking to identify parts of a deck that require attention, there is no substitute for a professional inspection.

Consider having select staff members specialize in deck inspection. Offering homeowners deck inspection services not only helps ensure that decks are safe and code compliant, it could also lead to new sales opportunities.

Support the changing standards for treated lumber

ProWood® treated lumber is embracing the recent ground contact standard changes set forth by the American Wood Protection Association (AWPA) in February of 2016.

The new standards released by the AWPA recommend that current above ground treated lumber applications must now adhere to (UC4A) ground contact requirements when they’re:

  • difficult to maintain, repair or replace (such as deck joists or ledger boards) and critical to the performance and safety of the entire system/construction
  • installed less than six inches from the ground
  • at risk for poor air circulation
  • likely to have prolonged contact with vegetation or leaf litter
  • exposed to frequent moisture
  • used in tropical climates

The new standards will eventually dictate building codes, so the transition to the new ground contact recommendations is imperative for code compliance, product reliability and, above all, safety. ProWood now offers a full line of products treated to (UC4A) ground contact standards, and still backed by a lifetime limited warranty.

For more information about the changes to treated lumber and the new ground contact standards, visit www.prowoodlumber.com/use

Consider these safety ideas — and come up with creative initiatives of your own — to raise awareness for deck safety and possibly tap into a market of decks that need repair or replacement. For information about treated lumber, deck safety, project ideas and more, visit www.prowoodlumber.com/blog.