In addition to the type of material to use for your new deck, you’ll also have to consider whether you want a raised or ground-level type of construction. Today, we look at both of these options.
When to Choose a Raised Deck
A raised deck can fit in any type of home, but its height is influenced by your home’s overall design. Say you have a raised ranch-style house with the main living area located on the second floor. Your raised deck will be attached to that upper story, which means it will require structural support for the flooring and joists in the form of posts attached to piers buried underneath the ground. You may choose to add a staircase to provide access to the backyard.
Of the two options, the raised deck is usually the more costly option because of the structural requirements. However, it can immediately enhance your home’s curb appeal because of the additional railings and other important components.
When to Choose a Ground-Level Deck
A ground-level deck is exactly that – a deck built on the same level as the ground. It is a box frame consisting of joists that give support to the floorboards. This type of deck can be placed anywhere in your yard. It can look like an island floating in the middle of your yard or attached to your home.
A ground-level deck that’s installed next to your house, but not attached to it is called a platform. If its height is at least 36 inches, it requires railings to enclose the space and, more importantly, to adhere to local building codes.
Can’t decide which type of deck construction to choose? Make sure to consult a reliable contractor like A1 Siding & Roofing. Give us a call at (603) 627-7339, or fill out our contact form for a free estimate. We serve homeowners in and around Manchester, NH.