Decks are versatile since you can use them for several purposes, including entertaining friends, lounging with family, hosting barbecues and more. When creating one, there are more things to consider than design, materials and appeal. Moreover, safety should always be a priority in your outdoor living space.
Here are safety features to include in your deck.
Your deck must be sealed and coated properly to withstand structural issues. Sealant helps you avoid splinters when walking barefoot on your deck. It can also help delay the deterioration of wood, prolonging its life. Meanwhile, sufficient coating makes cleaning easier and prevents debris from building up.
Railings can reduce the chances of people falling to the ground from the deck. They are also great at keeping small creatures out of your yard and home. However, this feature is not ideal for low-lying decks. It must be installed on decks that are at least 30 inches high. Get railings over 3 feet or as high as an average person’s waist.
With a ledger board, your deck will stay strong and durable for many years. It gives structural support to your deck. Experts recommend using pressure-treated wood and avoiding stone and concrete.
Another safety feature to consider for your deck is flashing, especially if you live in an area where it rains a lot. It will divert water to the ground and keep it from entering your deck. Mold is one of the last things you want to have in your home as it can risk your family’s health. Fortunately, flashing can help prevent its growth.
Ensure the safety of your deck by working with an experienced contractor for your project. At Masters Roofing, we can help bring your dream outdoor living space to life. Call us at (901) 871-7663 or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate.