Balustrades (or parapets) on decks can serve several functions, ranging from simple decorative boundaries to full safety barriers. Even a small change of level can be a hazard, particularly for elderly or infirm users.
Unless the deck surface is flush with the surrounding ground level, a parapet or edge protection detail should be incorporated. For very low-level structures, this may take the form of a simple decorative rail, a trellis panel, a raised planter box, a bench or seat, etc.
The height of the parapet depends on how far the deck surface is off the ground:
For ‘low-level’ decks up to 600mm from ground level – parapet height should be 900mm
For ‘high-level’ decks over 600mm high – parapet height should be 1100mm
Where parapets act as safety barriers, SANTAVI ensures that designed and construction meet the SA building regulations