Did you know that adding a simple deck or patio to any establishment can bring in up to a 30% increase in revenue? That's right, simple adding a nice deck to your outdoor seating area can increase revenue. It might sound extremely simple, but deck construction isn't exactly something you can become an expert at overnight.
Unless you're familiar with all the ins and outs of deck building, there are certain things you might not know. Without this knowledge, you'll probably make a few blunders along the way. Here are some of the most common deck construction mistakes and how you can avoid them.
No Continuous Handrail
It might be aesthetically pleasing to design rail for decks that is interrupted by decorative posts, but the whole point of wire railing installation is to provide a continuous railing for people to grasp while walking. This is especially important on stairs leading up to and away from the deck. The solution? If you have a guardrail with decorative posts, your wire railing installation should include an additional continuous support rail inside of that for people to grasp.
Lack of Building Permits
No matter the project, whether it's installing cable rail systems or knocking down a wall, you should always have the proper building permits and permissions from your city or state. Without these permissions, you could find yourself in serious trouble or even removing your deck altogether.
Lack of Access
If your deck is being built to the back of your establishment and you have a room in the basement where staff or customers travel to and from frequently, you need to have at least one point of access. If your deck is built above that point of access, it's important to make sure there is enough clearance above the exit for people to escape in the event of an emergency.
Building a deck can be a beautiful addition to any building, regardless of location or services provided. But that being said, it's important to make sure you build it right the first time and avoid these mistakes!