Decks are a great “value add” for residents, but property managers
face plenty of risks—including having a deck collapse—if their deck
isn’t regularly inspected and maintained. It’s happening more
frequently than many property managers and homeowners realize.
Between 2003 and 2007, the Consumer Product Safety Commission
reported 224,740 injuries caused by outdoor decks and porches.
“What’s happening across this country is an epidemic at this
point,” says Michael Beaudry, executive vice president of the North
American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA), adding that “in most
cases if a deck...