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
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
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.
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.