A standard deck is made up of several parts, each crucial to the design and installation of the structure. It has five core sections including the foundation, surface, framing, stairs and railing. But for this article, trusted roof maintenance expert and deck builder Burr Roofing, Siding, & Windows discusses other deck components that play significant roles when building a deck on your home.
The flashing connects your deck to your home while making sure that water is kept away from your home and its foundation. This is typically sold in rolls or sheets, and it can be made from various materials such as steel, copper or vinyl. Among these options, vinyl is usually the most affordable.
Deck ledger is basically the lid to the flashing. It is installed over the point where the flashing sheets meet your home. That said, the ledger is the main component that connects the deck itself to your home. This can loosen when the wet boards separate. And in this case, safety as well as the risk of water damage can be an issue. So much like the components of your replacement windows, your deck’s ledger flashing should also receive special attention during maintenance and repairs.
Joists are long, perpendicular beams that are typically made of wood. They are the main supports of your deck, so it’s important to keep these parts in good condition. It’s common for rot to begin at the deck flashing. However, it usually doesn’t take long before the damage spreads to the joists. When this happens, it can cause a serious problem for your deck. Joists are also expensive to repair.
These boards make up the surface of your deck. They come in different styles, features and materials, so carefully choose the boards that you’ll be using. Many homeowners opt for a solid deck and line the boards flush against each other, creating a uniform surface. Others, however, prefer slatted boards because these make it easier for the deck to get rid of rainwater.
Burr Roofing, Siding, & Windows has several years of experience in the home improvement industry. With our skills and knowledge in executing various projects, we can ensure superior craftsmanship and customer satisfaction. Our services include gutter installation, deck construction, roof replacement and more. Call us at (203) 345-1333 or fill out our contact form to request a quote.