Deck collapses happen at all levels of the market, including far too many here in the upscale northern suburbs of New York. In the last year, I saw a ledger that had been nailed through vinyl siding and had collapsed; the homeowner wanted me to “re-attach it” to his house.

In another example, we had to completely rebuild a 1,500-square-foot deck on a million-dollar home that was less than two years old, which put in motion a series of events that actually cleaned all the inspectors out of the town in one fell swoop.

Our decks are known all over our region as being “built like tanks,” and while we’ve even been accused by some inspectors of overbuilding our decks, I know they will never fail and will last indefinitely if properly maintained and finished on a regular basis.

Jeff Ex (from online comments)