10 Essential Details to Inspect After Your Deck Is Installed

Your deck is done! Time to enjoy a barbecue with family and friends. But before the briquettes heat up, take a little time to inspect some of the finer details to ensure your deck has been built to perfection.

If you spot any discrepancies, address them with your contractor immediately to guarantee your complete satisfaction. Do that and it’ll finally be time to enjoy your beautifully crafted outdoor retreat to the fullest!

Here’s a checklist of 10 crucial details to inspect after installing a TimberTech by AZEK composite deck:

  1. Seamless TimberTech Surface

Run your hands across the deck surface—it should be smooth and free of any rough patches or imperfections. TimberTech by AZEK decking should provide a seamless, uniform sensation during this test and when you’re walking across it barefoot. 

  1. Flush Fasteners

Make sure all fasteners—from TimberTech’s CONCEALoc® hidden fastening system, for example—are flush with the decking surface. Properly installed, the fasteners provide a sleek, uninterrupted look.

  1. Symmetrical Spacing

Inspect the spacing between TimberTech boards to make sure it’s consistent and symmetrical throughout the deck. Uneven spacing can detract from the deck’s appearance and pose a tripping hazard.

  1. Aligned Railings

Verify that your TimberTech railings are installed evenly and aligned correctly. TimberTech’s Impression Rail system should be securely attached to the deck, with no wobbling or gaps between sections.

  1. Artful Trim

Examine the trim work for precision and artistry. TimberTech trim should be cleanly cut and seamlessly integrated with the decking for a polished finish.

  1. Gracious Grains

Take a moment to appreciate the natural wood grain patterns of your TimberTech decking. TimberTech’s capped polymer boards mimic the look of real wood while offering superior durability and low maintenance.

  1. Elegant Edges

Check the edges of your TimberTech deck for smoothness and uniformity. Edges should be neatly trimmed and free of any jagged or rough areas.

  1. Clearance and Ventilation

Verify that there is adequate clearance between the bottom of the deck and the ground to allow for ventilation. Proper ventilation helps prevent moisture buildup, which can lead to mold and mildew growth.

  1. Thoughtful Touches

Consider the small details that enhance your TimberTech deck’s functionality and beauty, such as TimberTech lighting options, benches and decorative elements. Make sure that these touches have been executed with care and precision.

  1. Cleaning and Maintenance Instructions

Ask your contractor for cleaning and maintenance instructions specific to your composite decking material. Use TimberTech Deck Cleaner™ and a medium nylon bristle brush. Rinse clean with a hose or power washer. Other cleaning methods include a mixture of mild detergent applied with a soft cloth.