For 30 years we’ve heard this question almost daily: “Can I enclose my deck?” Unfortunately, the answer is not so straightforward. The answer lies in the results of our inspection process.
Upon arriving at your home, we perform a full inspection to determine if the existing deck is structurally sound and meets with current building codes. Whether your house is located in Connecticut or Rhode Island, the building codes we follow are adopted by the state and enforced by the town or city in which you live.
These codes are developed to ensure sound construction practices and protect you, as well as Creative Enclosures, from legal and insurance-related risks. Our inspection process is thorough. We will evaluate the attachment points, the footing system/piers, posts, and beams. What we often discover is that usually there is some component of the existing deck that may need to be upgraded to first, bring it up to code compliance, in order to make it structurally sound to carry the loads we are placing on the platform. There are times that we find it more cost effective to remove the existing deck and replace it with a new one. Trying to fix an old poorly built deck in some cases does not make good sense.
If this is the year you want to make your deck more usable, more enjoyable, increase your home’s value we are happy to visit your home, perform the inspection and share design ideas with you. So many of our clients are pleasantly surprised to learn that their deck can be built on and the project comes in on their anticipated budget!