With spring just around the corner, it’s easy to picture yourself enjoying time outside with your four-legged friend. But who says your most memorable moments with Fido have to be limited to the dog park? Trust us when we say that a new deck is well worth the investment.

In this post, we want to discuss how to build a dog-friendly deck. Here are some tips from our local deck builder:

Use only non-toxic building materials

If your dog likes to chew, you will definitely want to avoid using toxic wood, paints, and stains. In addition, be sure that any vinyl or wood you use in the building process is free of preservatives containing arsenic. If you are planning to stain the wood, opt for one that’s oil-based. One final piece of advice with this one is to steer clear of pressure-treated wood.

Consider ventilation

You rely on the ventilation in your home to keep you and your family comfortable all year long. As you begin your deck building preparations, why not consider adding ventilation to this outdoor space as well? Here’s the thing: If you have a dog with a lot of fur, they’re going to be susceptible to heat. The last thing you want is to risk the health and safety of your pooch just because the surface of your deck is too hot. That’s why our deck contractor recommends installing the floor with small gaps between each plank to encourage cool air flow from below.

Install a safety rail around the deck’s perimeter

Perhaps you’re interested in building some type of elevated deck. Obviously, loft decks and bi-level decks provide incredible views for you, your guests, and your pup. That said, it’s imperative to check that the railing has appropriately spaced posts so Fido can’t squeeze through somehow when you aren’t looking.

Put an emphasis on accessibility

How often do you expect to be out on your deck? If it’s fairly often (several times a month or more frequently), you absolutely must consider accessibility. If you have an older dog, it’s probably a good idea to construct a ramp for them. You can even go so far as to install a doggie door to allow for easy indoor-outdoor access.

Give them their own space

There’s a good chance your canine has his or her own space somewhere in the house. For example, maybe they have a playpen where they have a bed and some favorite toys. You can almost say that this is your dog’s oasis. Why not implement this same idea on your deck? Simply find a shaded spot and give your furry friend some space to stretch out and relax.

Contact Our Dependable Deck Builder

At Ready Decks, we understand that your dog, just like you, is likely to spend a lot of time out on your new deck. That’s why our deck installer will construct your new outdoor product with safety in mind. The Ready Decks team is happy to answer any questions you may have about our dog-friendly decks and porches.

Contact our deck builder today to request a free quote.