If you enjoy spending time outdoors, you may consider investing in a new deck. It is a great place for your family and friends to have a cookout. You can also use it as a lounge where you can relax and read a book. Most decks are typically raised off the ground, which consist of floorboards supported by joists underneath. However, some homeowners prefer decks installed at the ground level for increased accessibility and safety.
To help you determine which deck placement is best for you, take the time to read this article.
The design of your home will define the height of your deck. For instance, a general split-level or a raised ranch-style house will have the main living area on the second floor. With this home style, deck contractors recommend attaching the deck to the second story. It’s supported by sturdy posts anchored into the ground by piers. There may also be a stairway that leads down to the yard, which may echo the height of the indoor stairs.
On the other hand, if your home’s main living area is on the ground level, it may still be possible for you to have a raised deck. In this case, contractors will place your raised deck to meet the threshold of the back door or about two feet high.
A ground-level deck, meanwhile, is simply a box frame topped by floorboards that are supported by joists. It can be placed on any surface level anywhere in your backyard. A ground-level deck can be attached to your home, but it can also be built separately, like an island floating in the middle of your lawn.
Furthermore, if the deck is placed next to the house, but not attached, it can be considered a platform. If the deck is built under 18 inches high, most municipalities won’t require you to install a railing or acquire a permit to build one. Most buildings require a railing if the deck is at least 36 inches high. To be sure, you may want to consult your local building department before the deck construction.
Whether you prefer a raised or ground-level deck, you can trust V. Nanfito Roofing & Siding, Inc for top-quality design and installation. Let us create the perfect deck for your home, so you can enjoy the beautiful New England summer weather on your new deck this year. Call us today at (203) 639-1634, or fill out our online contact form to book an appointment.