If you’re thinking about building a deck, one of the primary issues that should be carefully considered is the safety levels present with your design. You must hold a conversation with your deck builder regarding possible safety measures for your structure.
Some effective ways you can improve your deck’s safety include:
Maintaining a Minimal Height
One of the simplest ways to maintain the safety of your deck is by ensuring it’s not too high off the ground. In cases where this can’t be avoided because of the property’s incline, constructing a deck with a low gradient can help prevent steep falls. In most cases, 30 inches is the general height applied with most decks.
According to IRC regulations, decks that are 30 inches or more from the ground are required to have railings across their borders. These railings are also required to be 36 inches in height from top to bottom. Ensuring your porch builders have met these specifications is crucial when looking to comply with building standards.
Install Adequate Lighting
Ensuring your deck is adequately lit ensures that no one suffers an injury groping around darker areas or tripping on the steps. Opting for an overhead light is a great way to ensure maximum coverage. You can also place string lighting across the railing to light the steps. If you’re looking to improve the safety levels of your deck, call us today! Dekxsos, your top-rated contractor!