The Importance of Professional Deck Construction
Don't Scrimp on Safety
Written by: Lisa Kruse
With the current economic crisis many homeowners are looking for ways to cut costs. Furthermore, they are looking for ways to updating their current homes instead of purchasing a new one in this time of economic uncertainty. The “big box” stores are well aware of this and trying to pump up their lagging sales by using flashy slogans backed by BAD IDEAS! While there are many home improvement projects that would be ideal for the “weekend warrior”, building a deck is not one of them. These big box stores fail to mention that hundreds of people, most often in the summer, are injured every year from poorly engineered and faulty deck construction. Unbeknownst to most of the public, some may even lose their lives. As we move in to the summer months, there are millions of decks about to be used that are not in compliant with local and national building code. Being in the construction trade, we feel it is our duty to bring awareness to the general public regarding quality and safe deck construction.
Keys to Safe Deck Construction
In order for the deck construction to be safe there are many components to be considered. First you must consider the height, size and weight based on the load capacity. Not only can a deck designer give you a beautiful aesthetically pleasing deck, they are equipped with the knowledge to provide you with a safe place for a family gathering. Using different methods of solid connections are important; however there are other factors as well. The hand and guard rails must be sturdy, reliable, and safe to provide adequate support including compliance with building code standards. Any kind of covered deck construction or pergolas that are not designed and installed by professionals can also provide a risk. When considering the deck design and integrity of the materials, stresses, and attachments you must factor in several variables. Natural elements are very important to consider. Will it withstand high winds, heavy rain and snowfall? How will the specific deck materials you use deteriorate over time and what is the recommended maintenance? The design and function are extremely relevant when planning your deck construction. There are several options when it comes to deck design; such as hot tub deck construction, an outdoor kitchen, or grilling space. In these cases, the placement of proper foundation and wiring is of the utmost importance. There could be concrete and foundation work to be done as well as electrical and plumbing situations that may be too extensive for a do-it-yourself project.
Professional Deck Engineering and Construction Gives Options Combined With Safety
Overall the cost of having a professional help you with your deck design and construction may be higher in price, the cost in the long run is far greater. A professional company will start by evaluating your space and options. Based on the placement, purpose, size, and shape of your deck you will be given several different deck designs to choose from. The deck designer or contractor will go over various deck building materials you can use including wood deck construction with wood types like redwood or cedar. You can also opt to go for the latest in deck technology by using composite decking materials, therefore reducing future deck maintenance. Timbertech and Trex are examples of composite deck materials, both offer several color and texture options. There are endless possibilities when considering the product you use. Rest assured a design professional will point you in the right direction. Not only will you have professional service and impeccable materials your new deck will be safe and sturdy.
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