Once in a while, you’d hear about accidents that happen on outdoor decks. Fortunately, most of them could have been prevented with proper construction methods and the right safety features. In today’s post, the exterior remodeling and siding contractors at Triangle Home Exteriors take a look at the safety features you should incorporate into your outdoor deck design.
1. Railings. If your deck has platforms that are at least 30 inches off the ground, railings can prevent people from falling off the edge. This is an important feature if you have children that may be running around. Railings should be at least three feet high and strong enough for an average adult to lean on. Railings can be built from a wide range of materials, which can give you much flexibility with your railing design.
2. Sealant. A sealant is a type of coating that helps preserve the deck material from moisture damage and foot traffic. It can also help prevent injuries caused by splinters, should anyone decide to walk on your deck barefoot. Sealants are used on wood decks. If you need a low-maintenance option, look for home exterior remodeling companies that offer composite decking.
3. Ledger board. The ledger board is a framing component that lends structural strength to the deck — an important component especially if your deck is elevated. Because of its required size and girth, wood is the most practical material for use as ledger boards. Make sure that you are choosing pressure-treated and waterproofed wood to reduce the risk of rot that can lead to collapse.
4. Flashing. Most people would know flashing as the parts that protect roof edges and breaks on the roofing plane. An outdoor deck may require flashing in certain areas in order to protect them from damage caused by flooding, which can lead to weakened floorboards that, in turn, may cause accidents. Ultimately, a capable exterior remodeler can help you design a safe and long-lasting outdoor deck.
Triangle Home Exteriors is your leading provider of exterior renovation services such as roof replacement and deck installation. Give us a call at (916) 545-7894. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment. We serve customers in Cary, NC, and the surrounding communities.