Are you building a deck on your house or unit? Are you looking to improve your outdoor living space with a patio or deck? If this is the year for you to finally start that deck building project, you will want to consider these 5 tips for a safe deck before you begin your project.
#1 – Hire a Professional – One of the best ways to ensure you have a safe deck is to enlist the professional guidance and expertise of a professional builder or carpenter. A professional can help ensure that you are building the best deck for your property, using the best wood and materials for your climate, and guide your design to be the most cost effective and useful space that meet your needs.
#2 – Follow Your Local Building Codes – Another thing a professional can do is help you understand and navigate the building codes for decks in your area. In order to add a deck to your home, you may have to submit plans, following certain building code requirements for where you live, and ensure you are not disturbing utility lines or water pipes. Your nominated builder will be able to advise you of your local regulations.
#3 – Install Railing or a Balustrade – If your deck is over 1.0m off the ground or your have stairs it is always a good idea and part of the building code to have an approved handrail / barrier to ensure the safety of people who use your deck.
#4 – Clean and Finish Your Deck – One of the things that many deck owners overlook is the importance of regular and well applied oil/stain to their deck. Decks exposed to the sun will require more regular maintenance than decks that are fully covered by a patio or roof. It is important to clean your deck regularly including clearing debris and ensuring damp areas can dry out.
#5 – Have Your Deck Inspected Annually – Water damage, rusted or damaged fittings, rotting of the wood, and even insects can wreak havoc on your deck. It is important to have it inspected annually to ensure it is still a safe place for you and your family. Identifying issues with the wood, screws, or supports early can help you repair the issues quickly and more easily, ensuring your deck stays safe and lasts longer, which can save you money in the long run.
So whether you are starting an outdoor improvement project or just looking to improve your current deck space, taking these 5 tips for a safe deck into consideration will help you develop a wonderful outdoor living space that you and your friends and family are sure to enjoy for years.
If you're ready to have a new deck installed, or just want to speak to one of our Gold Coast experts about your options, contact us today. At In Style Patios and Decks we pride ourselves on quality work and great customer service. Call our team today on 0436 007 776.