Curious about the affect snow can have on the safety of your deck?

Deck and Patio 10.02.13

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One question that may pop into your mind as the snow sticks to the ground this winter is, "Can my deck handle snow build-up?" If you live in colder areas where snow can buildup, the safety of your deck can be something of a concern. For example, "The winter of 1996 saw an unusual amount of snowfall in North Dakota. As it continued to snow in the Fargo area . . . deck after deck collapsed under the weight of the accumulating snow" (Morse).

Here are a few things you can do to insure the safety of your deck under snowloads.

1. Build a structurally sound deck to begin with!

If you are building a deck it is crucial that you follow all building codes. Products byWahoo Decks, such as DryJoistEZ structural deck drainage system, comply with all current International Building Codes. Wahoo Decks also offers assistance with the engineering of building decks by providing 3rd party engineering reports for load span capabilities. Just by knowing the limitations of the decking material you are using can make the difference between having a structurally sound deck or an unstable one. Learn more about the load span of Wahoo Decks'

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