A ledger, in deck-speak, is a board that attaches the deck to the house. Not all decks are attached to houses, but if yours is, the ledger is a crucial component. If the ledger is not properly installed and pulls loose from the wall, the entire deck could collapse and gash your home’s exterior.
A good builder will add what's called flashing to the ledger. \"Flashing is something that goes up against the ledger and stops water from going into the home or seeping into the brick and then into the house. A lot of times, when that step is missed, depending how the rain water falls on the patio, you can have rotting problems,\" says landscape designer Darin Brockelbank, founder of Metro GreenScape, a company in Charlotte, N.C., that specializes in designing and building environmentally friendly outdoor living spaces.
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