Tips For Designing A Deck That Works Well With Children

Posted on: 16 June 2015

If you are planning to add a deck to your home and have children, you need to think about designing it so it is safe for them, as well as a place they can enjoy. Below are some tips on choosing the best type of deck, as well as the features to go with it.

Deck Material

A composite deck works well for children, as well as for the rest of the family. Wood is beautiful but can become splintered and warped after going through a few cold winters, wet springs, and hot summers. Your children could easily trip or get sprinters in their bare feet. Trex is currently one of the most popular composite decking brands.

If you like the look of wood, a wood plastic composite deck will be a better choice for you. You get the look of wood but do not have to worry about it splintering or warping. Capped composite is a step up from the wood plastic decking material. It is capped with a polymer shell, which makes it impervious to cold or hot temperatures.

When purchasing your composite deck, you can choose from a variety of colors so you can find something that goes well with the exterior of your home. The colors available depend on the manufacturer you choose.

Deck Railing

When choosing the deck railing, some types you can choose include metal, wood, tempered glass, or composite wood. Add some baskets on the side of the railing for your children to keep their toys. Add some lighted end caps to give your children more light if they play on the deck after the sun goes down. When selecting the railing, make sure the spindles are either vertical, or are close enough together so your children cannot get through them.

Benches and Seats

When you hire a company to design your deck, ask them to add some benches and seats to give your children a place to sit. You can also put storage space under the benches to put things that need to be out of the weather.  Do not put the benches and seats near the railings, however, or your children could use them to climb over the deck.

Fun Deck

Add a slide on the side of your deck that the children can slide down. At the bottom of the slide put a sandbox to give them a soft place to land and extra space to play. Ask the decking company to add a playhouse on the deck, or you could add a playhouse under the deck.

Covered and Screened

Put a covering over the deck to protect the children from the sun's harmful rays, as well as allow them to play on it while it is raining. You can also screen in the sides to protect them from climbing over it and to keep insects out.

Choose a roof that goes well with your home's roof line. You could choose a hip roof, which is the strongest, or a shed roof, which is more economical. A gable roof allows more light to get in. You should use the same roofing materials as your home's roof.

The screen can be fiberglass, which is lightweight and comes in charcoal or black. Aluminum is another choice, which is more durable and stronger than fiberglass. Vinyl-coated polyester is another option, and it is also durable and strong.

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