Deck Structural Failure or Collapse Study Conclusions
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Outdoor living became popular about 35 years ago and continues to grow in popularity. Estimates show there are more than 40 million existing decks in the U.S. As with any outdoor structure, porches and decks are exposed to the elements 365 days a year, seven days a week, 24 hours a day. All things have a finite life and this is especially true with any structure exposed to the weather. Most deck experts, approximate the average life of a deck to be 10-15 years. It is estimated there are more than 20 million decks and porches in the U.S. that are older than 15 years.
Based on the statistics from the CPSC, 224,000 people were injured nationally due to a deck or porch over the study's five-year period. Of those injuries, 3,000 were a result of a structural failure or collapse.
The estimate for "serious" injuries resulting from those failures exceeds 18,000. Serious injuries included head trauma, concussion, major fractures, such as those associated with the back, and paralysis.
Legacy believes most injuries are preventable with proper deck inspection each year by a qualified professional. The obvious signs of wood decay and deterioration should be taken seriously and the structure replaced if necessary.
Given the 10-15 year lifespan, the fact that wood decks and porches naturally deteriorate over time, and the large number of structural failures and collapses that consistently occur each year, a reasoned argument can be made that unsafe decks and porches are the cause of thousands of injuries across the
Legacy Services, LLC recommends the immediate inspection of the existing stock of outdoor decks and porches as well as the repair or retrofit of decks and porches in order to prevent more injuries and deaths from occurring and to ensure consumer safety.
Everflashing a complete deck flashing system
Described as the "last deck flashing you will ever need," Everflashing was developed to greatly reduce the possibility of water intrusion which can lead to further issues such as dry rot, connector corrosion, mold and ultimately deck ledger failure.
When used as part of a complete deck flashing system, Everflashing's perimeter flashing is designed to allow decking products to expand and contract, while maintaining a clean, finished looking perimeter edge.
Everflashing helps avoid deck ledger failure and greatly reduces moisture problems. The product is engineered so that, once installed you will never have to intrude the wall envelope again, even to resurface.
We have Deck flashing available in G185 galvanized for use with treated lumber, color matched aluminum for MicroPro or L3 Lumber or stainless steel for salt water applications
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