Things You Need To Know Before Attempting To Build A Deck

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Building a deck is not a project that one can jump into without considering some factors. It is an essential outdoor project, so all attention is needed to make it the best for everyone. An average American loves adding a deck to their space. If you are planning to di this all by yourself or bringing in a professional, there is a need to consider things like getting the designs you want, the right materials, your expenses, the weather, you and your family lifestyles. When all these are deeply considered, you will end up building a deck on that will last you for a more extended period. Let’s check on .

What are you going to do on the deck?

Think about what exactly you will be doing on the deck. This will help you plan the shape, size, and other features. If you are planning that you and your family will be having meals on the deck, then you already know you will create space for tables and chairs to fit in. Also, there needs to be space behind the chairs for smooth movement on the deck.

If you are planning to host cocktail parties and barbecues on the deck, then you have to create enough space for a prep station, the serving area, and also the grill. There needs to be space for seats. You can add a set of flat handrails where your guests could probably rest their drinks while chatting.

Do you want it as a relax zone? Create space for your lounge chairs and maybe one or two low tables at a corner. If it is possible, add a fire pit to make the place warm and cozy every night for you, your family, and guests.

Plan your deck layout

You need first to make use of sticks and ropes to map out the place where you want to set the deck so you can imagine the space it will take. Try arranging some furniture in and see if there will be enough room to go around, if you are comfortable with that you can take the next step.

Choose your decking materials

If you desire a decking that can be cleaned and maintained quickly, then you have to select manufactured boards or woods. Follow this quick guide for choosing the type of materials you need.

Pressure-Treated Wood: This is very easy to work with. It can collect stains, and it is waterproof. However, it requires constant cleaning, restaining, and resealing. One downside is that it can destroy an unprotected metal connector.

Composite: You can get this in different colors and feels. It lasts for many years if carefully maintained. There is nothing like rot, cracks, or splinter though some of these products are less woodlike.

PVC: This has a strong resistance to moisture, and it does not shrink nor swell. Termites can not get in, and it is very easy to clean. Though the board could squeak when getting old.

Cedar or Redwood: This has a natural insect resistance and very easy to work on. It will create a fine shade of grey.

Tropical Hardwood: This also has a natural resistance to insects and rots. It tends to last more than a decade if properly cared for though installation might be a bit hard.

How to take care of your deck

Keep the surface of your deck dry always. Create gaps between the boards to allow water to drain off easily. Ensure to select handrails that are easy to hold. For the safety of your kids, try to avoid horizontal balusters that could be easy for climbing.


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