Georgia has recently adopted the 2012 International Building Code (IBC) and International Residential Code (IRC) making it one of the first states to do so around the country. This change in the Georgia deck codes will be enforced staring in January of 2013 on all new deck constructions and will have a major impact on how decks are built moving forward.
What does this mean for homeowners? It means a few things for the end consumer. One is that all new projects built to this new standard will be safer and built to a higher standard. It also means that it will cost more to build a deck than it used to. Among the several changes that are included in the new code are new attachments practices, new anchors and more labor to make deck safe.
Here are a few highlights to the changes:
- Deck ledger attachments
- Rail post attachments and sizes
- Lateral supports
- lamination of stairs
- Wood spans
If you are a homeowner that will be in the market for a new deck insist that your deck builder is a licenced contractor and that they pull a permit for your project. Even ask the question to them how the new code has affected their business. If they don't know what your talking about, then politely ask them to leave and don't call them back. This means they are not a true professional builder and will not build you a deck up to code.
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