If you’re in the process of designing a deck, then chances are you know that you’re going to have to include some form of railing. Not only are railings a required safety precaution if your deck is of a certain height, but depending on the material, they can also provide privacy or they can update your backyard’s style.
Aluminum railings are particularly popular in Vancouver. Aluminum railings are sleek and they will keep your family safe. However, be sure that how you attach your aluminum railings fits with the BC building code. Read on for more information regarding aluminum railings in Vancouver and what the BC building code requires.
A recent BC building code law states that if a homeowner’s deck does not allow for the free drainage of water then it should be considered a roof. The BC building code does not allow for roof surfaces to be compromised by either screws or anchors, and therefore a fascia mount system is required to accommodate any railings. If your deck is made from a material that does not allow water to easily escape, you are required to use fascia mounts for your railings.
This is particularly relevant for Vancouver. Other methods of mounting such as surface mounting, sometimes known as floor mounting or top mounting, can lead to issues with rot or mold.
Fascia mounting is where railings are attached on the outside edge of the deck rather than to the floor of the deck. This form of mounting is recommended in wet and humid climates, whereas the floor mounts are better for arid climates. Even if your deck does allow for the free drainage of water, having fascia mounting is just a good idea in Vancouver because it decreases the risk of your deck rotting and growing mold.
Fascia mounting is popular in Vancouver. If you’re considering fascia mounting for your aluminum railings, know that there are many advantages. If your deck is small and you feel that space is restricted, fascia mounting can open up your deck and provide more room. As the aluminum railings would be on the outside edge of the deck, you have more space on the deck itself for entertaining. Also, the attachment of the post is hidden so it is more attractive, and it is considered a strong attachment method for aluminum railings.
As with any building material, fascia mounting does have a few drawbacks. It is tougher to install railings with this method and it is at least a two-man job. Decks can also sometimes have an overhang, known as a bull nose, which needs to be accommodated with a special “Z” shape post.
Depending on the material of your deck, fascia mounting for your aluminum railings might be required by the BC building code laws. Even if your deck does allow for the free drainage of water though, you should consider fascia mounting. Decreasing the risk of rotting and mold will aid your deck’s longevity, making it worth it in the long run.