First you need to identify what activities will take place on the deck and what are the reasons for having one? Some examples are:
Depending on the existing structure and slop of the land can dictate how much on site work is required such as filling and levelling the existing site.
Do you want added protection, reduce maintenance and block or minimise the amount of direct sunlight on your deck? Then a roof or pergola would restrict the harsh sun and allow you to take part in decking activities without being bothered by the annoying hot sun.
Also depending on the height of your deck you might require a safety barrier such as a handrail or balustrade / fence to be incorporated into your design.
We can supply insurance quotes for rebuilding your damaged or dangerous deck. Please contact us for a free quote from the team at ECW.
Most projects do not require building approval or a BSA license providing that:
If the project is over the $11,000 mark you will need a building permit. This can vary across various Local Government Areas (LGAs) so contact us for more information. If you are looking at a large home or building extension it is best to notify your local council and the BSA of what you intend to do and at what scale. Contact us and we can advise and ask on your behalf. Useful BSA links:
Do you know what the condition of your deck is? Is it structurally sound?
The main reasons for failure and collapse is due to poor maintenance, termite infestations, rust and inadequate building practices. The good thing about Eco-Composite Wood is that it requires minimal maintenance and is termite proof.
An inspection can help determine how safe your deck is and if it needs immediate fixing or replacing.
ECW would like to make more people aware of the dangers of having a dangerous deck. In fact, 20 people have died and 100s injured in Queensland between 2002 and 2012 as a result from falling from decks or balconies or as a result of deck or balcony collapses (HPW 2013).
Please view the following guidelines by the Department of Housing and Public Works (HPW) 2013: Deck, balcony and window safety: A guideline for the use, inspection and maintenance of decks, balconies and windows
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