When building a deck, it is important to make the deck as safe as possible to prevent accidents from happening. Here are four features that a deck builder should install to keep your deck secure and safe year-round.
- Railings: Railings prevent you from falling from the deck onto the ground below. This safety feature should be installed at least three feet high and reach the waist level of an average person. It is not recommended on low-lying decks because the risk of falling is low.
- Sealants: Every deck should be thoroughly sealed or coated to resist damage to the structure. Since it is common for the residents to walk barefoot on the deck, sealant helps prevent getting splinters. Moreover, a well-coated deck is easier to clean and maintain because it is less likely to deteriorate due to extreme weather.
- Ledger board: This feature provides the structural strength that a deck needs to remain sturdy for many years. The boards must be smooth and perfectly aligned before the installation. A freestanding deck, however, does not require a ledger board that is attached to the siding of the house.
- Flashing: This safety feature is beneficial for decks where large volumes of water are collected after a storm event. Flashing serves as a guard that directs the water onto the ground. Having no flashing also increases the risk of mold growth, which speeds up the process of deterioration and poses health hazards to the residents.
You can count on Twin Cities Siding Professionals for high-quality exterior improvement services, including deck building and siding installation. Our experienced team is here to deliver the comfort and efficiency that you deserve. Call us at (651) 967-0873, or fill out our contact form to request a free, no-obligation quote. We work with homeowners in St. Paul and the Twin Cities