Top 6 Things to Know about Before Building a Deck

 

Summer is the time of year to host events outdoors. If you’re looking to build a bigger deck to host family BBQ’s or parties, look no further! When designing your dream deck be sure to keep these 6 tips in mind to have an efficient and long lasting addition to your home.

 

Sealant

Water is the sworn enemy of your deck. Nothing can seep into and rot your beautiful creation faster than sustained rainfall. The best defense is a quality deck sealant. A quality product, when applied correctly, can add dozens of years to the life of your deck, saving you thousands of dollars down the road. Check out The Best Deck Stain to help you decide.

Permit

Don’t worry! Attaining a permit is not as big of a hassle as you might think, especially if the project isn’t large and complicated. Have some blueprints drawn up of your dream deck and take them down to the permit office to be reviewed and approved. Permits ensure that your project will be completed correctly to prevent hazards from occurring down the road.

How to Cap your post base

Along with applying a sealant to your deck, another must is installing post bases. These bases, ideally made out of a rust proof metal, prevent the deck’s base posts from coming in contact with the ground. Even concrete can absorb and hold water, making it a risky option to rest your deck’s base posts on your concrete foundation or the bare ground. 

Best Material to Use

According to ArchTreatment Technologies, a leading producer of wood preservatives, approximately 75 percent of all new decks are finished with pressure-treated lumber. It is the most economic friendly and readily available. All pressure treated wood is chemically treated to prevent fungus, mold and wood boring bugs. Just keep in mind that it does have the tendency to warp or split.

Redwood and Cedar is a naturally superior choice. They are prized for having a rich, natural color since they aren’t treated with chemicals and are naturally resistant to decay and bugs. An annual power washing and restaining around every three years is all you need to keep the bright color and prevent splits.

Deck Spacing 

Time, water and the sun will eventually cause your deck to warp; the only way to combat this eventuality is to space your deck boards evenly. Giving the boards room to expand and contract without running into each other will prevent stress cracks caused by the boards coming in contact with each other. The optimal space between boards is 1/8th of an inch.  

Foundation

There are two popular ways to set your foundation. You can sink your posts directly into concrete which creates an extremely stable foundation. Or, you can have your posts set into a stainless steal cover on top of the concrete. This prevent water from the concrete from soaking into the wood. Both options have their benefits, and the deciding factor usually is your local terrain and building codes, as some locations are more prone to the ground settling and causing potential shifts in your newly added deck.

 

A new deck takes time and planning but the results are well worth it! As with any investment, research is key to avoiding issues later down the road; a soundly built deck is only possible with planning and foresight. We hope this article opens your eyes to the slight complexities of deck construction, and the important components that will save you time and money.

 

If you want to redo or add a deck to your home, the perfect space for summer events, we can help! Contact us today to [put your design plans into action!

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