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    Ideas to make your deck kid-friendly

    Keep your little ones safe in your outdoor areas

    Hannah | Oneflare

    A home with a deck allows the entire family an opportunity to relax in each other’s company. However, the decking needs to be made safe and secure so that there are no unfortunate accidents, especially in homes having small children. In this article, you will find several tips to make your deck child-friendly, while retaining its stylish looks.

    Using high-quality decking materials

    At the time of the deck construction, invest in the best materials, even if it means paying a little more. This pays off in the long run, keeping your loved ones safe from harm. Hire a qualified, experienced deck builder, who can make your decking sturdy and durable, and can give you a guarantee on the work done. This person also knows which council permits are required for residential decks, and can help you get all the approvals.

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    Checking for sharp edges on the deck

    Wood is a popular choice for decks because of its appearance, provided it is free from splinters and sharp edges. You can ensure this by sanding the wood immediately after installing the decking, then again before it is oiled or stained for upkeep once every two years. With this taken care of, you can stay worry-free whenever the children play on the deck.

    Using balustrades

    Elevated decks require a railing or balustrades for safety, even if they are only a short distance above the ground. Adjacent balustrades should not be so far apart that a child can squeeze through the opening and fall out, or get stuck halfway through. Choose balustrades with a height tall enough to prevent children from climbing over. All these precautions will keep your little ones safe and secure on the deck.

    Installing child gates

    Some people avoid installing child gates on their home decks, thinking that they are a waste of money. The fact is that child gates are absolutely essential at the top and bottom of the deck stairs leading to the ground, and good to have even if your deck does not have steps. Keep in mind that the child gates have to endure varying outdoor conditions, so choose long-lasting materials. These are available in a range of designs, allowing you to match the deck design to the rest of your home. Children can have a nasty fall even with only a couple of steps, so it is better to be safe than sorry.

    Deck maintenance

    Besides proper construction, regular maintenance is required to keep your deck in good shape. Carry out a thorough inspection at least once a year, so that you can locate any issues and take care of them well in time. This includes looking for rotting, warped or splintered wood, as well as loosened balustrades. Clean and oil the deck at least once every six months, and your deck maintenance costs will be kept under control.

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