With the opportunity to enjoy fine weather so often in San Diego, it’s nice to have all the outdoor amenities that are available. One item homeowners love to add to their yards is decking. Imagine your favorite dish cooking on the BBQ while lounging on your deck. This is Southern California living at it’s finest. If you are ready to add a deck to your backyard, you’ll want to know a few things about adding a deck on your property including permits and options for materials.
Does my deck require a permit?
You should always check about permit requirements in your specific location for any construction you perform on your property. This includes decking. The city of San Diego has 4 instances when a residential deck would require a permit:
- When the deck area exceeds 200 sq ft.
- When the deck exceeds 30 in. above grade at any area
- When the deck is attached to a dwelling
- When the deck serves as the main exit door
You can read more about the city of San Diego specifications for decks on their website.
Material Options for your Deck
Pressure Treated Wood
Exotic woods like Ipe are another popular choice for decking. Ipe also has a strong resistance to rot and insects. It is recommended to apply sealant to many solid woods to prevent damage. It is dependent on the variety of natural wood used. Checking if the wood is harvested sustainably is good for our environment.