Deck Building Tips


The addition of decking to your home does take time, energy and the investment of quite a bit of money. You don't have to be a professional to complete this task, but you do need to always plan ahead for it. The deck building tips below can help you to create a building plan that will minimise the amount of frustration you experience during the project.



Building Codes - Before you start, do some research on the building codes that operate in your area. Pay careful attention to the building codes that are related to your deck building project. You may need building permits from your local authority before you can even make a start on your decking project.

 You could well find that many areas require you to pay attention to details like the angle and height of the steps, the gap between the balusters or the level of the railings. Becoming aware of the regulations before you plan can help you to prevent making changes later.

 I know that in our area there are limitations on how high the decking can be, so that you are prevented from being able to easily look into your neighbours garden.

Drawings - Draw up a plan for your decking project. This plan should contain the design, measurements and the materials you need to accomplish it. Take measurements of the area where your deck will stand, record those measurements on a piece of graph paper so you can draw up the plan for your deck project.

 This is where you should record any deck building tips that you have gleaned from your research.

Calculations - Once you have your design drawn on paper, you can use this plan to calculate the amount of materials you will need. When you know how much timber you need, always slightly over order so you do not run short by the end of the project.

 It is always important to order your requirements at the same time so that they come from the same batch. There can be significant differences between batches of deck planks and other components.

Limitations - Keep the design simple. There are many beautiful designs for decks in magazines and on websites, but as a non-professional, you should choose a decking project in line with your experience, and don't be tempted to take on something way beyond your ability. Start off small and once you have developed your abilities you can step out on a larger project.

Longevity - Do not try to save money on untreated timber or nails and screws. Choose materials that are going to last for years, you will save money in the long run. Use pressure treated decking timber and galvanized screws for construction. Cutting corners here can lead to problems after construction is completed.

Get some help - Ask your friends and family if they can help you with this project. This is a pretty big task to undertake yourself. Inviting others to help not only makes it an easier task for you but can also make it more fun. Don't forget your hospitality, make sure you lay on plenty of food and drink.

Celebration - Once the project is complete, make sure those that helped are the first to be invited to your first deck barbeque. Celebrating the hard work that you have all put in on the deck will make it all the more a memorable occasion.

 External decking is a great way to add extra living space to your home. Use the deck building tips you have found on here and you are sure to experience far less frustration in your project.

 You will soon be enjoying your new deck with your family.


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