Adding a Deck to Your New Home? Consider Safety First

A deck is the perfect place to socialize with friends and neighbours, or just to relax after a long day at work.

While it’s important to select a deck that fits your needs and the style of the house, it’s even more important that your deck is properly designed and supported to ensure the safety of those using it.

Sawlor Built Homes Safety Certified Builder - Deck Safety

The National Building Code requires your deck to be designed to the same specifications as the floor system in your home. This makes good sense when you consider that all 20 people at your kitchen party could step outside to enjoy the view and summer weather!

Sawlor Built Homes Safety Certified Builder - Deck Safety

Be sure to discuss the options for your new deck with your builder. If you’re replacing an existing deck, hire a professional and ensure that his or her company has adequate insurance, Worker’s Compensation coverage and the skills required to complete the work. 

Keith Sawlor Sawlor Built Homes Custom Home Builder in Nova Scotia

Keith Sawlor

Keith Sawlor is the second generation Owner of Sawlor Built Homes. With more than 35 years experience building custom homes in Nova Scotia, Keith has built a team that mirrors his professional knowledge and values.

Keith is a Certified Residential Builder who is also certified with many leading industry organizations. He is a Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) Certified Builder, a Net Zero Energy (NZE) Certified Builder, a Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) R-2000 Certified Builder, and a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS).

Keith is a Board Member of the Atlantic Home Warranty Program as well as the Canadian Home Builders' Association Nova Scotia. He is involved in many other industry programs and associations, such as the Canadian Home Builders’ Association National, Safety Services Nova Scotia and Better Business Bureau.

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  • Hey, I would like to get quotes for deck building/renovation.

    Mayur, 6 years ago

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