The deck remains a must-have feature in Oregon homes because of the increased comfort, functionality and value it provides. If you’re having one installed this season, it’s not enough that your new decking is lovely and well-designed. It should be safe to use and spend time in as well. Here are some of the safety features your deck should have.
If your deck is built 30 inches from the ground (or higher), you’ll want to make sure it has railings to prevent anyone from tumbling off the structure. The railings themselves should be at least 3 feet high and can reach the waist of an average person. Aside from keeping the deck safe, the railings can effectively head off animals that may have gotten into your backyard, stopping them from reaching the deck.
Bare wooden boards can give a nice, rustic look to your deck, but you might want to have them thoroughly sealed and coated. That’s because bare deck boards tend to splinter, and if you’re the type who likes walking barefoot on the deck surface – well, you know what can happen. There are other good reasons to seal and coat your deck. For one thing, this makes the deck easier to clean and maintain. Plus, the sealants help prevent mold and bacteria from building up on the boards.
- Ample Lighting
With good lighting design, you can set a nice, relaxing mood to your deck. But more importantly, it allows you to navigate the structure safely and with ease at nighttime.
- Ledger Board
The deck is either attached or detached to the home. If your deck is the former, it will need a ledger board, which refers to the horizontal lumber beam connecting the deck with your home’s exterior wall. The ledger board provides the structural strength the deck needs to stay solid and intact.
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At Pressure Point Roofing, Inc., your safety is always a priority. Every roofing and deck we build and install adheres to local code requirements for your greater safety and peace of mind. We proudly serve Southern Oregon, including Central Point and the surrounding communities. Give us a call today at (541) 772-1945, or fill out this convenient online form to schedule your consultation. We’d love to hear from you!