Posts Tagged ‘safety tips’

Throwback Thursday: Home Decor and Project Guides

Thursday, April 19th, 2018

For this Throwback Thursday, we’ve rounded up three blog posts that are related to the upkeep of our homes, both indoors and out. Spring and early summer are great times to take stock of things that need repairing, replacing or revitalizing, and we hope these guides will help you check things off that list or give you ideas for future projects.

Thursday’s Theme: Renovations

A list of six things to keep in mind while preparing for a home renovation project, working on a renovation project, and ways to make sure any unwanted furnishings don’t go to waste.

Thursday’s Theme: Decor Guides

A roundup of – you guessed it – guides for painting, measure curtains and rugs, and one from the trusted team at This Old House.

Photo by Timberlake Custom Homes, LLCDiscover deck design ideas

Thursday’s Theme: Deck Safety

Spending time on the deck or a porch (especially with family and friends) is a highlight of spring and summer. First, though, you should make sure your deck or porch is still as safe as it was when it was first built. This blog post offers some suggestions for what to inspect and what to replace, if necessary.

Do you have any handy tips or guides you use every year when the weather starts warming up? Share with us in the comments, and we wish you well with all the projects you take on this year!

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Thursday’s Theme: Tips for Keeping Your Deck Safe

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

May is just days away, and while we have enjoyed the warm, teasing weather of April, we are ready for less rain and more sunshine (AKA, we are ready for summer). May happens to be Deck Safety Month, offering a great opportunity for you to check and inspect your porch, deck or stoop for flaws that can be fixed before barbecues and outdoor parties appear in full force.

For all intents and purposes, we will mainly be describing deck safety tips, but they can be adjusted for smaller areas and steps if your home is without a deck.

Photo by Timberlake Custom Homes, LLCLook for farmhouse deck design inspiration

Lifespan

The lifespan of a wood deck is between 10 and 15 years with regular maintenance and waterproofing, so a good starting point is identifying the age of your deck, and deciding if it’s time for a replacement or if it’s still in its prime.

Fasteners & Flashing

Inspect the screws, nails or anchors holding your deck together, as well as the flashing that connects the deck to your home. This may seem like a no-brainer, but a thorough inspection and/or repairing of these elements is key to prolonging the life of your deck and keeping you and your family safe while using it.

Railings

Deck railings can have marvelous decorating potential (score!) but remember that they also serve a purpose: safety. Repair wobbly sections, broken spindles and double check to make sure you are adhering to local building codes when it comes to height, openings and other components.

Other

Other safety precautions include trimming back overhanging tree branches, taking the right steps when installing a fire pit or fireplace (relocate to a patio or use a non-flammable deck mat), and checking the condition of lighting and electrical outlets.

So don’t wait; get out there and inspect your deck so you can start enjoying your outdoor living space.

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