How to Create a Safe Deck Design

safe deck design

This beautiful deck has railings that provide extra security.

Whether you are building a brand new deck or updating an old deck, it’s important to keep safety in mind. Safe deck design helps everyone from toddlers to seniors! Building a safe deck is in your entire family’s interest. Here are a few things to keep in mind when you build or renovate your deck with a safe deck design in mind.

Safety Gates

Safety gates are hugely popular with families who have small children or pets, although anyone can add a safety gate to their deck for added security and privacy. Most safety gates are custom designed for the homeowner’s needs.


If your deck is elevated from the ground, you may want to consider adding landings to the stairs. Landings are an important part of safe deck design because they decrease the number of stairs a person can fall down. This is especially important when winter ice or spring rain makes stair slippery. When it comes down to it, a landing could save a person from sustaining a serious injury or even save a life.


Any deck that is 30 feet off the ground or higher is required to have a railing, although it is still wise to install railings on ground level decks as well. Railings act to prevent a person from falling off the deck. They’re also a great way to keep small children and pets contained. Endurance railings are a great option that is cost efficient while also being safe and up to code standards. Depending on the design, railings can also add to the structural integrity of the deck as well, which makes them a smart component of safe deck design.

Deck Finish

A good deck finish can seal your deck and deter the growth of mold, mildew, and pests. Building your deck out of engineered wood is also a great way to deter mold, mildew, and pests, since engineered lumber is resistant to mold, rot, mildew, and insects.

Annual Inspection

If you already have a deck, it’s important to get an annual inspection to make sure that your deck is a safe as it can be. Weather, wear, and tear can erode important parts of your deck that keep it safe. If you notice that your deck moves when you stand on it or if you find a lot of loose decking screws, it’s important to call your local decking contractor immediately to have to problem fixed and make your deck safe.

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