At a time when safety has never been more important for deck builders and their customers, MoistureShield is partnering with the North American Decking and Railing Association (NADRA) as a Safety Ambassador to create awareness for Deck Safety Month® in May 2020. NADRA devotes this month each year to remind homeowners to Check Your Deck® before planning family activities.
“With more than 60 million decks in the United States, we estimate that 30 million decks are past their useful life and need repair or replacement,” said Michael Beaudry, executive vice president of NADRA.
These are strong reasons why NADRA and MoistureShield encourage homeowners to call on a professional inspector to inspect their decks if they have any concerns. Here are some basic red flags to look for:
- Check for any deck board movement that may attribute to instability.
- Examine decks for sagging, racking, or unsecured boards that may indicate loose fasteners.
- Check the gap between ledger and joist–a widened gap may indicate that bolts need tightening.
- Look for raised or corroded fasteners which may compromise the integrity of the deck structurally and on the surface, present a trip hazard, or be a danger to bare feet.
“As part of Oldcastle APG, MoistureShield leads with safety first, in all aspects of how we go to market,” said Matthew Bruce, VP of Sales, MoistureShield. “Deck safety extends beyond just our products. Ensuring we support deck building best practices in the field is integral to our success, and the safety of our consumers.”
MoistureShield also has inherent safety features in many of its products. To keep homeowners safer, MoistureShield’s innovative CoolDeck® Technology reduces deck surface temperatures by up to 35% as a solution for decks or docks in direct sunlight. MoistureShield decking features superior slip resistance among composite options, offering homeowners great traction regardless of weather or proximity to water.
NADRA’s free “10-Point Consumer Safety Checklist” and additional safety awareness information can be found at www.nadra.org/deck-safety. Learn more about MoistureShield composite decking at www.MoistureShield.com.