Giving your deck some added strength could be the answer to getting more use out of it. Try any of these four ideas to help you maximise the potential of this wonderful piece of extended living space.
- Screws – In addition to securing nails into the joists, driving screws into your deckboards is one way to reinforce the strength of your deck. Tip: As you drive in the new screws, be sure to stand or kneel on your deckboards to bring them as close as possible to the joists.
- Cross braces – Divide up the sway of deckboards by installing cross braces between posts and beams. Not only will this triangle make the deck rigid, it will also strengthen and support the horizontal beam.
- Solid stringer supports – By adding solid stringers to the two outside stringers, you will greatly strengthen your stairs.
- Joist hangers – Install joist hangers with galvanised nails to secure them to the ledger strips and beams, or alternatively drive wedges of timber into the gap that may have formed to maximise strength.