Why Choose Low-to-Ground Decking Solution for Your Home
More and more Australian homes are adapting to low-level decks for their outdoor entertainment areas. Some low-to-ground decks are attached to the house while others are not fixed which can cause issues when the ground moves.
But how does a low-to-ground decking solution gain such popularity?
Low-to-ground decking can be a personal preference or necessity.
Low-to-ground decks are indeed aesthetic. They offer an unusual sight that can be appealing to visitors and even the homeowners themselves. However, there are more ways that a low-to-ground decking is the best choice.
Closed-to-ground level decking offers a convenient alternative when elevated one is not applicable. For instance, low-hanging obstruction overhead such as tree branches or eaves compromised elevated decks. Thus, lowering the deck to ground level will solve the problem.
This type of decking is also great for families with children. As low-level decks do not require steps, accidents can be minimized.
Homes with ground-level flooring are best paired with low-to-ground decking as well. Levelling the deck with your indoor flooring makes going in and out of the house, seamless. This is also why low decks are recommended for single-storey houses and other small properties.
Another great thing about low-to-ground decking is that it can be less expensive compared to elevated decking. The minimized height of the deck means lesser materials are needed to construct one. Steps and railings, if not the most expensive materials, add much to the cost of installing a deck. Therefore, a low-to-ground decking that doesn’t require those fixtures would cut the cost.
Do you see low-to-ground decking as a nice fit for your outdoor needs?
If yes, here are some things to remember before investing in your new deck.
A closer look at low-to-ground decking
Low-to-ground decking means that most parts of your deck are at proximity to the ground. The ground underneath a deck is often damped due to being shaded. Thus, it is important to consider the decking material that you will use to avoid early decay and rotting.
In which case, composite decking is highly recommended. The plastic component of composite decking will prevent dampness from damaging the deck. Some other option could be a fibre cement decking solution. It has the same water-resistant property of composite decking but with fire-proof quality that the latter lacks. This feature makes fibre cement decks suitable for grill parties and safe against bush fires.
Talking about ground dampness underneath the deck, ventilation will lessen the problem. Ventilation is required for a low-to-ground deck. For instance, if the deck is less than 30 centimetres above the ground, it is certainly prone to mould and decay. It will be helpful that the perimeter of the deck is open for the air to pass beneath.
A low-to-ground deck can be very pleasing and sometimes, the best option for your outdoor extension. As much as it comes with a lot of benefits, it also requires some considerations.
Are you interested in adding a low-to-ground deck to your home? We can help you with that.
Gillott Constructions has been in the building industry for more than 20 years and is seasoned in working with most home renovations. We offer various services in Warwick and decking is one of our best works. Should you need any advice or assistance with your decking needs, give us a call on 0413 330 559.