Enhancing your Deck’s Safety

Deck builders in Cambridge MA

Adding a deck to your home is a great way to enhance the curb appeal of your home, improve its functionality and raise its potential resale value. Installing this extension is arguably one of the most popular exterior renovations for home projects. One of the elements you need to keep in mind when undertaking this venture is ensuring safety levels during its construction. Established contractors generally have insurance to cover the bases, but ensuring a safe environment is still crucial when initiating such a project. 

Some of the standard deck safety protocols implemented by professional Deck Repair and building specialists include: 

Mind the Railings 

Deck building codes in all states require the extension to integrate a railing system for any deck that’s 30” or above the ground. In Massachusetts, the rail is required to be at least 36” in height from the bottom of the deck to the tip of the railing. Balusters are also required to be vertical and should be positioned with a maximum of 4” between each column. Ensuring this setup is sturdy and doesn’t buckle under pressure is essential to the safety of your deck. Metal and wood are the primary materials used for railing and your deck’s design will determine the best approach for this system. Metal rails are screwed down and as such the base can simply be tightened when loose. Wood railings, on the other hand, might need to be replaced when loose. 

Choosing a Ramp Over Stairs 

If you have a household of young children with the tendency to go racing in and out of the house, or elderly individuals with limited mobility, choosing a ramp over stairs can be a great way to avoid potential accidents. A ramp will make it easier to get in and out of the house, as well as avoid any potential falls that might occur when tripping over the risers. Integrating a smooth inclination is recommendable when you’re looking to integrate an entryway that can be easily tackled by older individuals. Ramps can also be used to enhance the overall aesthetics of your deck and instill a sense of elegance in the front of your house. 

Adequate Lighting 

Installing a lighting system that enhances visibility is another simple means of enhancing the safety levels of your extension. Having a clear line of sight might seem insignificant, but numerous accidents happen because of poor clarity. Replacing the traditional porchlight above the door with a network that illuminates all areas of the deck ensures individuals can see where they’re going. A good strategy to implement when lighting your deck is installing bulbs on each corner of your deck to ensure every area is covered. Implementing recessed lighting along the rails and the edges of the decking surface is also an effective means of helping individuals accurately get their bearing when moving about the deck. You can also install festoon lights across the area to instill a welcoming ambiance. 

We offer a wide variety of safety provisions for your deck, so call us today! Dexksos, your top rated contractor!

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