Decks can be a beautiful extension of a home and in many ways have become a necessity in resell value. It is a great place to spend your time, entertain guests, or just relax with friends and family. Although the usual life span of an average exterior wood deck is about 15 years, older decks can fall without any warning and that is why it is necessary to make several code specific connection points to build a safe and strong deck. Some of the ways by which a safe and strong deck can be built are:
Continuous Load Path:
Today, modern constructors use a continuous load path to transfer the weight through a series of various positive connections all over the structure of the deck.
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Loads are relocated from the top down of footings to the point of connection to the structure of the home. The use of continuous load paths helps resist lateral movement, uplift, and the weight of deck users. Decks need secure connections to have a good continuous load path.
Ledger Attachment: This is one connection where the ledger is connected with the house. Make sure to use lag screws or through- bolts instead of nails in critical areas for a proper deck building.
Joints: Joining stairs properly is a must because stairs are among the most critical connections of the deck. Make sure to tie each stair step or tread to the stair stringers and use post bases to connect the posts of the concrete or footing slab underneath your deck.