Having a deck installed can enhance your outdoor living experience. If you’re planning to get one installed this year, you’ll need to ask a lot of questions to ensure your deck is made to your needs and preferences. In this post, we’ll also answer one of the biggest questions when installing decks: should the deck be level with the home?
How Different Deck Parts Work
- Flashing – This part prevents unwanted moisture from entering your home and damaging its foundation. It connects your deck to your home and can effectively redirect water away from it if installed properly by trusted roofing companies.
- Ledger – The deck ledger flashing is the lid that sits over the point where the flashing meets your home. This should be installed tightly; if it’s loose, it can become a safety issue as moisture can infiltrate your home through it.
- Deck Joists – These are the long and perpendicular beams found beneath the deck. They’re usually made of wood so they’ll need proper maintenance from time to time to prevent rot damage.
Understanding Your Deck
If your deck installation sits at the same level as your home, it can become easy for water to get inside and cause damage. Over time, water can rot the wooden parts of your home and eat away at the foundations. Water damage can also affect the different parts of your deck, including the bridging, joists, railings and supports. This can lead to costly repairs, which is why most wooden decks aren’t level with their respective homes.
As a top name among deck installation and gutter companies in the area, GO Construction Services, LLC is your best choice for the job! Call us today at (717) 854-1573, or fill out our convenient contact form.