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Just like your home, it's important to make sure your deck is built right. Most experts agree that the average life expectancy of a wood deck is 10 to 15 years. It is estimated that millions of decks in the United States are beyond their useful life and may be unsafe. The good news is deck collapses are preventable.

If you're building a deck or have an existing deck, you should know how to evaluate its construction to make sure it's structurally sound and safe. Using the proper structural connectors and fasteners (like nails and screws) as well as regular maintenance are the keys to a safe, strong deck. It's a good idea to inspect your deck annually to make sure all your connections are strong. We invite you to learn more about how to make your deck safe.

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