A commercial deck can make a world of difference to a customer’s experience. Shopping centers, education centers, and restaurants benefit when a deck is part of the experience. Adding a deck onto your commercial property is not the same as adding a deck to your backyard, though. Commercial decks fall under tighter rules and higher standards so everyone in the building and on the deck stays safe.
The first thing you’ll need before you begin your design and construction is a permit. Most decks, both residential and especially commercial, fall under the standard set by the International Building Code (IBC.) Whether building a residential or commercial deck, you’d better play it safe and follow the rules. You will need to fulfill the building code according to what category your building falls under. For example, a restaurant would fall under the “assembly” category. Codes for commercial spaces determine the minimum width of exit spaces (a.k.a. “means of egress,”) as well as other safety features. Getting a permit will ensure that you build a deck according to code, and help you avoid getting a fine or having your license removed if you are a contractor.
Due to regularity and occupancy expectations of commercial decks versus residential decks, a durable, low-maintenance material works best. Composite decks, made of a mixture of wood fibers and plastic, are one good option. Aluminum and vinyl are also good materials for a heavily-used deck space. These three materials can all be attractive, durable, slip-resistant, and waterproof materials with which to construct your deck.
Other Deck Requirements
The details in which commercial decks are constructed are highly specific. Guard railing must be 42 inches high. Likewise, “all decks 30 inches above grade must have a guard rail,” as Deck.com states.
Elevation changes are another issue that the IBC covers. Any change in elevation less than 12 inches must be compensated by creating a slope. Also, though homeowners may like a step down from their door to their deck, commercial decks must have the same elevation as the door. The less elevations changes, the less likely someone may trip or fall.
A third consideration is lighting. Make sure that your commercial deck design has plenty of illumination for the means of egress and on the deck. A well-lighted space is a safer space.
For a more in-depth explanation of commercial deck regulations, contact United Fence and Deck. They can help you with your commercial deck needs, including what materials to choose. Let the professionals bring your commercial deck to life!
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