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Be Safe! Not Sorry!
Don't let this happen to you!


Between 2000 and 2006 deck collapses

increased 21% each year

Is Your Deck Safe? It Could be Hazardous!

Each year hundreds of people are injured in this country as a result of deck failures. Deck failures are most often caused by faulty construction methods, unsuitable or improper materials and/or by lack of maintenance.  If constructed and maintained properly, decks rarely collapse due to overloading. Remember, decks are composed of natural materials exposed to weather, and, as a result, will not last forever.
Frank Lamphere, owner of The Deck Inspector a deck safety inspection service that serves Chicago and it's suburbs and A-Affordable Decks based in Lombard, Illinois says "Whenever you build or make structural repairs to a deck, it is important to make sure that the repairs are done by an expert. Also, obtain the required permits (if required) to help ensure your family and guests enjoy your deck without worry of failure or collapse". As a home owner there are some simple things you can do which may help prevent unexpected problems with your deck. Use the checklist below to help you inspect your deck for possible unsafe conditions. Better yet, have The Deck Inspector perform a professional deck inspection for your Chicago area deck or porch.
5 things to look for:

1.  Check support posts and beams for rot, splitting or abnormal movement.
2.  Check all fasteners, bolts, joist hangers and other hardware for rust and/or corrosion.
3.  Check all guards and rails to be sure they are sturdy and secured. 
4.  Cracked and rotted stair stringers. Tread movement.


5.  Use grills, heaters and outdoor fire pits with care.  

Chicago deck inspections
This scene is becoming more common. A deck collapse with potentially deadly results.



"Too many times I have seen decks, recently inspected by a professional home inspector, that had numerous problems and at times were at risk of sudden collapse. That is unacceptable!

So, I started another business

The Deck Inspector"

Deck safety inspections - Frank Lamphere

Deck collapses are on the rise. www.thedeckinspector.com
Deck collapses are on the rise


The Deck Inspector - Deck Inspection service for Chicago and suburbs

I detect the problems and recommend the solutions to all of your deck's ills. 




Deck inspections for the entire Chicagoland area. I perform professional deck inspections in: Cook, DuPage, Lake,

Kane, Will, McHenry, Kendall Counties