How to prepare your wood deck for a heavy winter season

Everyone wants their decking looking the best. This is why they use composite deck sealer to keep it looking good throughout the year. However, not many people tend to think about the safety of their decking. This is why the City of Ventura’s Building and Safety division is offering a free one hour deck construction guide and repair workshop to residents, including homeowners and contractors, Monday, Nov. 16 from 9am-10am at Ventura City Hall, 501 Poli Street, Community Meeting Room.

Community members are encouraged to attend this workshop to learn more about safe deck connections and railings to help prevent damage from heavy rains or earthquakes. Nearly 15% of all deck related injuries are from structural failure, 60% of structural failures are due to the deck connection to the house, and 33% of all structural failures are from deck railings. This shows how important it is to keep up with deck maintenance. Take a look at Austin Fence & Deck – Repair & Replacement if you’re needing to make your decking safer.

At this workshop, residents will learn about changes to the Prescriptive Residential Deck Construction Guidelines and repairs, and how to identify the minimum requirements for wood decks including wood members and fasteners.

For more information contact the City of Ventura’s building and Safety Division at 654-7869, or visit

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