The question of what is a well built deck keeps popping up with a wide range of answers being given from a wide spectrum of the industry. Whilst there are some standards to work to there is no singular one the support “what is a good deck”.
In my capacity as the International Ambassador for NADRA (North American Deck & Railing Association) which is the industry body for the annual $16 billion deck market I would be happy to investigate how the UK can “lean on” the extensive experience of the American market to build an effective UK code to increase deck build quality and safety.
I would be interested to hear from all 476 members of the network on the potential value that they feel this may bring and indeed if they would work to those standards as a minimum.
The Association of Professional Landscapers already have a 15 year code of Practice and is currently producing a document to be enshrined in building regulations for Decking Frame Construction. This will be more inline with current regulations in the UK than anything from overseas. It would involve current regulations compatible with the relevant BS EN standards, CDM 2015, EC5 for Timber Structures and current elements of existing Building Regulations for such.
In essence it is in metric and considers the construction of dwellings in the UK… I’d prefer to UK Code for Decking Construction enforced… it is happening … small acorns ‘n all