The Differences Between Raised and Ground-Level Decks

Oct 3, 2019 | Home Improvement

When planning to install a deck in your home, some homeowners are unaware that there are actually two kinds of decks: raised and ground-level. While you may think that the choice doesn’t really matter as they’re both decks, this is actually far from the truth. In fact, there are a few key differences between a raised deck and a ground-level one and it’s best that you learn as much as you can about them.

In this post, siding replacement experts from Turner Home Improvement Contractors, LLC discusses the differences between raised and ground-level decks.

The Differences Between Raised and Ground-Level Decks

Unattached Decks

Unattached decks are the ground-level decks that is usually composed of a box frame topped by floorboards and supported by joists. This is also the most common type of deck that can be seen in homes as they can easily be placed on any level surface anywhere in the yard.

According to a deck installation and roofing contractor, ground-level decks that are less than 18 inches won’t require a railing or a permit to build one. However, it’s always best to check with your local building department if this is the case for your area. In the event that you do need a railing, it’s likely that it’ll have to be at least 36 inches high. Because of this, it’s possible for ground-level decks to be the less costly option of the two.

Raised Decks

While ground-level decks can be built on the surface of the yard, raised decks are usually attached to the second story of your home and are supported by sturdy posts that are anchored into the ground on piers. A stairway leading to the yard will then be attached to the deck and will be at the same height of the stairs inside your home. While raised decks are the more costly option when it comes to decks, it may be the more aesthetically pleasing one in the long run so long as it’s properly maintained.

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