Understanding Deck Code Compliance: What You Need to Know

Have you ever wondered if your deck is safe and up to code? Well, let’s talk about it! In 2012, Georgia introduced new rules called “prescriptive codes” to make sure decks are built safely. Before that, there weren’t clear rules for deck construction. But now, we’ve got guidelines to follow to keep everyone safe and sound.

So, what does it mean for a deck to be up to code? It means it follows certain rules to make sure it’s strong and won’t fall down. Here are some things to look for:

  1. Proper Support: Your deck should have sturdy posts and beams holding it up. Make sure these are securely anchored into the ground or attached to your house.
  2. Safe Materials: Check that the wood or other materials used for your deck are strong enough to hold weight and won’t rot or decay over time.
  3. Railing Height: If your deck is high off the ground, it needs a railing to keep people from falling off. Make sure the railing is the right height according to the code.
  4. Stair Safety: If your deck has stairs, they should be built at the right angle and have handrails for support.
  5. Ask for advice from a contractor: The best thing you can do is ask for advice from a trusted contractor.  When they do a deck inspection, they should be able to identify what is to code and what is not.

Now, what if your deck was built before 2012? Don’t worry, it might still be okay! Sometimes, older decks are “grandfathered in.” That means they don’t have to follow all the new rules as long as they were built safely according to the old standards. But it’s still a good idea to check and make sure everything is in good shape.

Remember, the goal of these rules is to keep you and your loved ones safe while enjoying your deck. If you’re not sure if your deck is up to code, it’s always a good idea to have a professional take a look. Stay safe and happy deck lounging, everyone!


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