A recall of composite decks made by Louisiana-Pacific was recently announced because the decks can deteriorate and break, posing a fall hazard. There have been 37 reports of the decks breaking resulting in 14 injuries, including a broken wrist, sprained ankle and minor lacerations. The recall includes deck board and railings sold under the brand names LP WeatherBest®, ABTCo. and Veranda®. The decking was sold at the Home Depot and building product dealers nationwide from January 2005 to August 2008. Affected consumers should contact LP for a free inspection at (888) 325-1184. If the decking has premature deterioration, LP will arrange for a free replacement.
Home repair does not necessarily have to cost a lot of money. Following these preventative tips from HomeMaster, one of the largest home inspector franchisors in North America, can save a lot of money down the road and all of them can be done for under $25. Among the tips are to seal roof flashings to prevent roof damage, re-grout tile floors in the bathroom and regularly change the furnace and air conditioning filter. Good advice for protecting your family's biggest investment.