For many people’s backyards, ground-level decks can be great features to have. With that said, if you aren’t careful when planning the installation or during the installation process, you could create a problem for your landscape that requires a hefty amount of maintenance. To avoid problems in the future, here are things you will want to consider when you are planning a ground-level deck installation.
A Ground-Level Deck Won’t Have Ventilation
One of the primary reasons that a ground-level deck installation doesn’t go well is because there isn’t any ventilation. It’s advised that you have ground clearance of no fewer than 18 inches because this will provide you with sufficient airflow. Naturally, ground-level decks don’t have this kind of airflow, which is why they don’t work for many people’s homes.
What ends up happening to any ground-level deck is that moisture beneath your decking boards gets trapped. This causes swelling on the bottom of your boards. The tops of your boards, on the other hand, tend to dry out and contract because they actually get air exposure, allowing water to evaporate. With the tops contracting and the bottoms swelling, the boards end up cupping.
Use Durable Hardwoods
You want to use the strongest hardwood material you can get. The more durable the hardwood is, the more resistant it will be against cupping. These woods also have an easier time holding in natural oils, which will help when combatting moisture and all of its accompanying problems.
Use Thick Boards
When you have thick decking boards, it’s much tougher to bend them, which also means cupping is less likely to become an issue for you. For this reason, when you’re deciding on material for your deck, it’s safer to go with thicker boards. You might save more money when getting thicker boards, but your deck will be kept much safer, and this can also save you money overall because your deck won’t suffer nearly as much damage.
Go With Boards That are More Narrow
Just like with thick boards, narrow boards aren’t as likely to experience cupping. If any cupping does happen, it’s also not likely to be too severe since there is less material that can expand or contract in the first place. This means that not only are you promoting the prevention of warping, but you also minimize the impact of any warping that occurs.
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