Why Ground Level decks are a great choice for Summit County
Flexible, Design and Value
Here in the Summit County, we know we have some of the most special places for entertaining and taking in the amazing views. Summit County town such as Breckenridge and Silverthorne have seen drastic changes in the last few decades in terms of building requirements. These changes have improved the quality of homes in the area, including deck construction. With this we find a mix of materials that range from 40-year-old decks (Ipe, composites) to 5-year-old decks (pine, fir). One trend we have seen is Ground level decks (also called a floating deck or a platform deck) are decks that are close to the ground.
When considering a new deck, one type of deck is the ground-level deck. This type of deck is a great design because of the dramatic appearance and design.
There are a number of advantages to ground level decks.
1. Get rid of the railing and steps.
Ground-level decks that are below 30 inches off the ground generally do not require railings. If your deck is low-enough, it may not require any steps. This allows your deck to offer unobstructed views and off a feeling that is less confined.
2. Awesome for hot tubs and pools.
If your home is a rental, or a second home, many homeowners here in Summit County need a hot tub. Hot tubs can be installed on any level deck, but a ground-level deck can more easily be designed to accommodate these features.
3. Flexibility for the deck location.
Unlike most elevated decks, ground-level decks do not need to attach to your home. Ground-level decks can be built pretty much anywhere around your yard. It’s a great way to showcase a view or prominent landscape feature. Ground-level decks can also be used to conceal uneven or rocky ground, giving you the ability to covert an eyesore area (weeds, stones, etc.) into an awesome outdoor living space.
4. Design integration
New decks an easily integrate into your existing landscape design. Decks can be built to draw your eyes toward home features (windows), trees (enclose or use planters). One nice feature about ground-level decks is they easily integrate in to your existing home design.
5. Airflow considerations.
Airflow is one of the most important aspects to consider when building a ground level deck here in Summit County. With feet of snow that sits on many decks, it’s critical to provide proper airflow. Otherwise mildew and rot may begin to spread. We make sure your deck is not be closed off or too close to the ground so you’ll have many years of enjoyment.
So, if you like the look of composite decking, you’re in the right place. Rocky Mountain Decks is one of Summit County’s premier deck builders, and composite decks are one of our specialties.