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Deck  /  December 15, 2021

Things to Consider When Building a Safe Deck

Installing a deck is a great way to expand your living space. To get the most out of it, the deck needs to be built with safety in mind. If planned and constructed well, your new deck can safely serve your family and friends for many years. Here are some of the things you need to consider.

Building a Safe Deck

Permits

You need to obtain a permit before you begin building your deck. This process can take awhile, so allow at least a month for it. Ensure that your deck plan meets the minimum requirements for size, location and materials used for construction before submitting your application to your local building authority.

Deck Foundations

Solid foundations are integral to a reliable and safe deck. To ensure your deck remains durable and has firm footing, the pier system must have holes that are deep enough. If the holes are too shallow, the posts may not be capable of holding the weight of the other deck components, particularly the flooring. Also, see to it that the bases of the support posts are encased in galvanized plates before anchoring to the pier with concrete. In doing so, they will be less likely to break down and rot.

Fasteners

Instead of nails, use screws to fasten the components of your new deck. Since their threads help grip the wood better, your deck will be more structurally sound and less likely to become loose over time. Choose metal screws that are suitable for exterior use, particularly those that are rust-resistant and non-reactive to chemicals found in the wooden deck material.

Railing

If your deck is built more than 30 inches above the ground, you need a sturdy railing to ensure the safety of everyone on it. The minimum rail height is 36 inches, with balusters or vertical posts below the handrail spaced less than four inches wide. It should also withstand 200 pounds of force from either side anywhere along the top rail.

For a safe, durable deck you will enjoy for years to come, you need the expertise of professionals who will build it to code. You can trust Handyman Connection of Orange County to deliver quality workmanship and superior customer service. Call (714) 288-0077 or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate.

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