Safety and security should always be the top priority in your home. It’s important to keep every part of your home properly equipped with the right safety measures to prevent risks. This includes your deck that is more susceptible to damage and accidents because it’s built outside. A deck could be unsafe when it’s exposed to water damage and other harmful elements. You should keep your deck properly maintained to prevent it from deteriorating. To help you with deck safety, here are the important safety features that every deck should have.
Railings are a staple for elevated decks. It serves as a protective barricade to prevent anyone from falling from the deck onto the ground. If your deck is low-lying, you can skip the railings. For decks that are built 30 inches or higher, railings should be at least 3 feet high, around an average person’s waist. This feature is also considered as protection against intruders and animals.
A deck is commonly made of wood like cedar or redwood. Recently, composite decking, made of a mixture of wood fiber, plastic and binding agents, has also been gaining popularity. These materials should be thoroughly sealed or coated for various reasons. For one, it helps resist structural damages and increases the lifespan of the wooden material. But more importantly, sealants to the wood make it safe for you and your guest to walk barefoot on your deck. Sealants prevent splinters from the wood that can lead to wounds and infections. A seal-coated deck is easy to clean and keeps bacteria and debris at bay.
Flashing is not necessary for every deck. However, you should consider flashing if your area experiences rainy days for most of the year and is susceptible to flooding. Flashing can serve as a guard that keeps the water onto the ground. Water damage can cause serious issues to your deck. Installing this safety measure also decreases the risk of mold buildup.