Happy New Year!
Isn’t a new year such a wonderful thing? There’s so much potential in the new year to build the life you want to create. You can create a resolution, have a goal, or find a word to focus on throughout the year. It’s beautiful to see people strive for a better life.
That is what everyone wants: a better life. We want a better relationship, a better job, a better house. And those goals can be attained providing you take action and work toward them.
If one of your goals is to have a better house, I have a suggestion: Get a better deck. And if you don’t have a deck, you should. They create a space for you to relax, a space to gather with friends and family over a fire pit, in a hot tub, or just playing cards at a table. So many memories of mine come from a deck. That is where my family has congregated over my life, celebrating birthdays, holidays, and life.
I am not alone in celebrating on a deck; approximately 82% of homes in the United States (That’s over 103 million homes) have an outdoor living area encompassing decks, patios, porches, and balconies (Ganguly & Eastin, 2009). Outdoor living is loved my many. But sometimes, these outdoor spaces can become dilapidated and ugly.
A study from 2003-2007 showed that the annual national estimate of deck injuries totaled 224,740 and 15% of those injuries came from structural failure or collapse (Legacy Services LLC, 2010).
Don’t become a part of these statistics! Inspect your deck! The North American Deck and Railing Association has a checklist to help you inspect your deck. Checklist: nadra.org/NADRA_Deck_Evaluation_checklist.pdf But if you are unsure of anything, please seek help from professionals. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
A new deck or a remodeled deck can bring joy and harmony to your home by giving you a space for fellowship and relaxation. I wish you luck in your goals for 2019, whatever they may be and safety on your deck!
Ganguly, I., & Eastin I (2009, January). Trends in the US decking market: a national survey of deck and home builders. Retrieved from https://www.researchgate.net/publication/265291536_Trends_in_the_US_decking_market_A_national_survey_of_deck_and_home_builders
Legacy Services LLC. (2010). Outdoor Deck and Porch Injury Study. Retrieved from https://www.buildingonline.com/news/pdfs/Outdoor-Deck-and-Porch-Injury-Study.pdf