A Memorial Day gathering in Middleton, Ohio, turned into a nightmare when the outdoor deck where over two dozen people were gathering collapsed. Four people were seriously injured in the collapse that required an ambulance to take them to the hospital. Several other people had minor injuries and sought medical care on their own.
No information has been released at this time to indicate why the deck collapsed. However, it should be noted that there were no fires, inclement weather, or other natural reasons that could have led to this collapse. It is safe to assume that the deck collapsed due to structural integrity issues.
The weather in Ohio is very similar to the weather we have in the Chicagoland area. Homeowners that have decks, especially wooden decks, need to remember that snow and ice can cause damage to your decks, even if it is not visibly noticeable. Joints can rot, braces and hardware can rust or become weakened.
Additionally, with average use and over time, wood decks can weaken in some areas, have boards come loose, have railings become wobbly, or have stairs become unsafe. This is why it is essential for homeowners to have their wood decks checked annually.
Royal Deck Resurfacing, Maintenance and Repairs
Royal Deck is a leading deck building company in the Chicagoland area that also offers maintenance and repair services for all types of decks. We can perform a yearly maintenance check on your wood or composite deck so that it remains safe for use during the summer.
We will complete a full inspection of your deck. We will check the foundation, the joints, and all of the material to ensure that it is safe to use. If damage is found, we will present the problem to you with a repair solution.
We can even resurface your wood deck so that it looks great for the entertaining season. Our wood resurfacing will give your deck a new appearance and extra protection from the elements.
Yearly Inspections Can Reduce Liability
It is safe to say that there is not a homeowner out there that would want their deck to collapse, especially during a party. It is frightening to imagine your guests being injured at what was supposed to be a fun time.
Homeowners must also consider the liability factor. By not having inspections completed regularly on their deck, the person who owned that home in Middleton, Ohio, is now liable for the injuries to the guests.
You can avoid this type of tragedy by having your deck inspected at least once per year. This will ensure that your deck is safe to use and enjoy.
Contact Royal Deck Today
Royal Deck is ready to inspect your current deck condition or begin the building process for your new custom composite deck. Contact our office, and one of our knowledgeable staff members will help you schedule a complimentary consultation. We are positive that you will love your new outdoor entertainment project built by Royal Deck.