Decks are a great addition to any home. They can improve your home’s curb appeal, provide another living space where you can host guests and serve as a recreational area. In general, decks are elevated, but their height depends on certain factors.
In this post, deck builder Eagle Creek Siding, LLC shares tips to help you choose between a raised and a ground-level deck.
A raised deck is typically attached to the second story of a home. It’s supported by posts that are anchored into concrete piers or footings set in the ground. It can also be annexed to the ground floor of your home and raised at least two feet high. A raised deck can be accessed by a stairway that leads to your yard. Typically, raised decks are utilized for outdoor entertainment and recreational purposes. Some homeowners even customize their raised decks to support a wet bar or a large barbeque grill.
Raised decks are generally recommended for traditional home designs because they project a rustic, classy appeal that complements such architectural styles.
A ground-level deck is basically a box frame with floorboards installed on top. It can be built on any area of your property with level ground because it’s not attached to the main structure. Unattached decks can be used for a variety of purposes and personalized in different ways to fit your needs.
Railings and permits may not be required by your local building department if your ground-level deck is less than 18 inches high. However, if it’s elevated by at least 36 inches, you’ll likely need to install railings and fill out some paperwork to obtain a building permit. If you’re not familiar or comfortable with the filing process, you can consult or get the assistance of a reputable deck builder or general contractor.
From siding installation to deck construction, Eagle Creek Siding, LLC has been providing high-quality exterior services for over 35 years. Our team is friendly, experienced and dedicated to providing the best workmanship on every project. Start building your deck today by contacting us at (360) 570-0396 or filling out our contact form.