Are you building a deck on your house or condominium? 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, or ensure you are not disturbing utility lines or water pipes or a septic system. It is best to be familiar with codes and requirements and the layout of your property before beginning a deck project.
#3 – Install Railing or a Bannister – It is a good idea to have hand railing available on your deck if there are any steps. You will find that inclement weather can cause a deck to become very slippery. Having a hand rail on your deck steps can help make certain that everyone enjoying your deck continues to enjoy it and not have any falls or slipping accidents. Bannisters and railings are an excellent addition to your deck to keep everyone safe.
#4 – Clean and Finish Your Deck – One of the things that many deck owners overlook is the importance of keeping your deck free of debris like plants and leaves. These plants and leaves, if left for a long time on the decking, can cause mildew. Mildew can rot the wood over time and, more immediately, cause the deck boards to become slippery thus becoming a safety concern. It is important to clean your deck regularly including clearing debris and cleaning the wood. Staining the wood to protect it is also important; this can help prolong the life of your deck.
#5 – Have Your Deck Inspected Annually – Water damage, rusted or damaged fittings, rotting of the wood, and even insects can wreak havoc on your wood 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 an expert 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.