Maintenance Tip: Check Exterior Railings on Balconies and Decks

check exterior railings on balconies and decks

With everyone spending more time outside with summer, it is time to check exterior railings and balconies and decks. Decks and railing must have the necessary safety features for your family and guests so that no one gets hurt. It is important to inspect the posts and railings to make sure they are still secure. Rain, sun and other harsh elements can cause the railings and posts to deteriorate and fail. This is an important task to ensure the safety of your family and for insurance purposes.

Railings on decks and stairs

Inspecting your railings takes diligence and time in looking at the vertical posts. You must review the top and bottom side rails, the balusters, and the top rail. Shake them or place pressure on these components to determine looseness. This action can give you an indication if the connections are loose or if they are strong.

You should also check with your local building code for dimensional requirements. Railings should usually be 36” high, and certain spacing between the balusters.

Performing this task annually gives you the necessary review to make sure your decks are safe. For a more detailed account of how to determine the deck and railing safety review this home maintenance tip video.