Inspecting your deck railings on your log home or cabin should be one of the things you check each spring. With the warm weather just around the corner, I plan on being on my deck with friends safely enjoying a few choice beverages.
Everyone I know loves to spend time on a deck enjoying long, summer evenings or just sipping a favorite beverage with family and friends. This is particularly true at the cabin where people spend celebratory weekends grilling and carrying on.
I have to say that usually I am not the first person to sound the horn on safety, but I do look out for those closest to me when it comes to making sure everyone has a good time.
Almost every deck has some type of railings and that rail system can be both aesthetic and functional. Either way, it needs to be checked periodically for structural integrity, especially when it comes to log home construction.
There can be hidden problems with log railings for several reasons. First, most log rail systems are mortise and tenon design, which means that there are hidden structural parts that could rot without folks knowing about it.
Second, issues with rot might be covered up because several layers of paint or stain can mask any discoloration, which is typically a sign of rot.
It is always good to gently test the rails each spring, especially if children might be out on the deck. Railings often provide a tempting place for people to sit or lean. If they are unstable, this can lead to a serious injury.
If you suspect that your rail system is not sturdy and safe, don’t wait. It could become a safety and a legal problem some day if someone were to fall off your deck. Check your log cabin deck railings each year.
Edmunds and Company has built many solid railing systems over the years. If you would like help determining what is needed for your deck railings to insure their integrity, please call us at 877-378-4403. Put our years of experience to good use on your log home or cabin.