5 Red Flags Every Agent Should Know About Decks
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What better way to celebrate summer than a party for family and friends on your deck! But before you send the invites, make sure your deck is ready. Don't miss our webinar about five red flags you......

What better way to celebrate summer than a party for family and friends on your deck! But before you send the invites, make sure your deck is ready. Don't miss our webinar about five red flags you need to know before the party starts.

Decks may come in all shapes and sizes, but all decks tend to experience similar problems. We'll show you what to look for in order to keep your deck sturdy, stained and party-ready!

Originally aired Thursday, July 31, 2014, 3:00 PM EST

What are the main problem areas on decks?
How often do I need to refinish/stain?
How can I tell if there are structural issues?
What can I do to test my deck?
How much weight can my deck hold?

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  • 6. Proprietary  and  Confidential   Agenda   •  5  red  flags  every  agent  should  know  about  decks   •  Common  issues  to  avoid     •  Q  and  A   •  Promo  code   6  
  • 7. Proprietary  and  Confidential   7  of  30   No  Lag  Screws  in  Ledger  Board  
  • 8. Proprietary  and  Confidential   #5  No  Lag  Screws  in  Ledger  Board   8   •  Improperly  secured  to  the  home     •  Check  to  ensure  bolts  are  used   •  Look  for  washers     •  Check  for  water  damage  near     ledger  board  and  home     foundation  
  • 9. Proprietary  and  Confidential   9  of  30   A  Poor  Deck  Foundation  
  • 10. Proprietary  and  Confidential   #4  A  Poor  Deck  Foundation   •  Slanted  posts?   •  Concrete  sinking?   •  Rotten  posts?   •  Landscaping  around  or  under  the  deck?   •  Is  my  deck  level?   10  
  • 11. Proprietary  and  Confidential   11  of  30   Not  Enough  Deck  Safety  
  • 12. Proprietary  and  Confidential   #3  Not  Enough  Deck  Safety   12   •  Improper  or  inadequate  spacing  for  hand  rails  and  guide  posts   •  If  surrounding  a  pool,  not  including  a  latch  is  a  legal  liability   •  Not  tending  to  popped  nails  or  poorly  secured  boards   •  Board  splintering  (if  wood)  
  • 13. Proprietary  and  Confidential   13  of  30   The  Weight  of  Your  Party  
  • 14. Proprietary  and  Confidential   #2  The  Weight  of  Your  Party   •  Tables,  chairs,  other  furniture  and  grills     add  existing  weight   •  1  sq  ft  supports  a  minimum  of  40  lbs   •  What  can  too  much  weight  lead  to?   14  
  • 15. Proprietary  and  Confidential   15  of  30   ??  
  • 16. Proprietary  and  Confidential   #1  A  Total  Collapse   •  Decks  can  collapse  if  old,  not  maintained  or  built  right  the  first  time.   •  In  summary:   •  Using  nails  versus  lag  bolts/screws  to  secure  to  home   •  Having  a  poor  or  inadequate  foundation   •  Not  enough  deck  safety   •  Too  much  weight  for  the  deck  structure   16  
  • 17. Proprietary  and  Confidential   Simple  Deck  Maintenance     •  Powerwash   •  Stain   •  Fix  nail  pops  or  loose  screws   •  When  unused,  clear  the  deck     of  furniture,  debris,  etc.   •  Shape  the  landscape   17  
  • 18. Proprietary  and  Confidential   5  Pool  and  Spa  Problems  Every  Agent  Should  Fear   Questions?  
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