How High Can A Deck Be Without Stairs?

What is the maximum height of a deck without railing?

30-inchI went to a friend’s house a while back to admire his new deck.

This friend was very excited, especially by how much time he saved by not adding a railing.

He’d made a point of building his deck so as to stay under the 30-inch requirement–which is the maximum deck height you can have without a railing..

Can you have a deck without stairs?

An elevated deck without stairs is a design trend that’s ‘rising up the popularity meter’ among some St. Louis homeowners. Often referred to as a ‘balcony deck’, this type of outdoor structure becomes an extension of a home’s upper-floor interior, usually accessed by sliding glass or French doors.

How high can a deck be before you need a railing?

30″All decks greater than 30″ above grade must have a guardrail. If you choose to install a guardrail on a deck lower than 30″, you must still meet code requirements. Decks attached to single-family detached homes are regulated under the rules of the International Residential Code (IRC).

What is code for deck post spacing?

Starting with your perimeter, mark the location of each deck post to locate the fitting position. In general, posts should be spaced no more than 8 feet apart. Some builders position them every 4 feet for a completely rigid frame. The maximum distance between footings is determined by the size of your joist material.

Do my deck stairs need a railing?

A flight of stairs shall not have a vertical rise greater than 12′ (3655mm) between floor levels or landings. Handrail (see details below). Guardrails required where deck is 30″ or more above the floor or grade below. Nosing: Minimum 3/4″ Maximum 1-1/4″ Nosing not required if tread depth is 11″ or greater.