Building your own deck for your home is a great way to start off the season, and it’s easier than you might think. You can build your own deck a lot more cheaply than you can purchase one or hire someone to do it, and you should be able to do it yourself, especially with all of the materials that are out there nowadays to help you. Before you get started, however, you should consider these five tips for building a great deck.
Use the Right Materials
The materials that you choose to build your deck are everything. Not only should you look for wood and materials that look good and that will fit into your budget, but you should also look for wood that is meant to last and that is easy to take care of.
Use the Right Deck Plan
Attempting to build a deck from scratch without a good plan is a recipe for disaster. Even if you think you can draw out your plan yourself, you are probably better off using a pre-made plan that was created by someone with a little more experience. It shouldn’t be hard to find a deck plan that matches your needs and wishes, however, because there are a ton of books, magazines and websites out there that offer these plans. Once you have chosen the one that you want, make sure that you have a clear copy that is large enough for you to work with. Also, consider making several copies just in case you lose your deck plan while you are in the middle of your project.
Invest in a Few Tools
Although you might be used to getting by with the bare minimum of tools when doing small household projects, you should make sure that you have all of the tools that you need before you start building your deck. It might be worth your while to invest in these tools if you think you might use them again in the future, or you can look for a tool rental company or a close friend who might let you borrow a few things.
Don’t Ignore Your Railings
Railings are not only used for safety, but they can also be used to add an aesthetic appeal to your deck as well. Therefore, you should take a bit of extra time in planning your railings. You can look at different styles and building materials to come up with the railing that will look best on your deck and alongside your home. Any good steel fabricator will be able to help you out with this.
Plan for the Future
Before you start planning and building your deck, think about what you will be using it for. Making enough space for a garden, swimming pool, hot tub or grill and outdoor dining set can help ensure that you will actually get plenty of use out of your deck and that it is properly built for your outdoor living needs.
Written by Allan Stevenson
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