Did you know that you don’t have to have a deck that goes to the second floor of the house? It’s a common misconception that decks are higher up in the air. The truth is that decks are raised platforms that act as an extension of your home and outdoor living space. Ground-level decks are often mistaken for porches. While both can be added to the house later, the biggest difference is that porches often have roofs and look seamless with the rest of the house. Ground-decks tend to follow the style, but they are their own piece. Since you’re in the market to install a deck, you have to decide which level is right for your home. Here a few advantages a ground-level deck may have over an elevated deck.
● No Rails Needed: Typically, a ground-level deck doesn’t need rails because it’s less than 30 inches off the ground. Not having a railing means that the view will not be obstructed, and less material is needed for the build.
● Better Location: With elevated decks, you have fewer options for where you can build the structure. Ground-level decks allow you to work with landscapes and patios, as well as cover up uneven ground to enhance your living space.
● Pool & Hot Tub Fun: Nothing beats spending a relaxing day in the pool or the evening in the hot tube. Ground-level decks are the perfect addition to both of these, giving you a clean spot to dry off, keep your towels, and socialize with those not in the water.
● Better Airflow: Since a ground-level deck doesn’t need rails, air can flow freely throughout the space. While this is great for feeling that summer breeze, it also helps keep the deck clean from excess rain, snow, dirt, and debris. Whatever does get caught can be easily removed.