Ten Things To Know About Building a Deck

  • March 12, 2019

Invest In Fasteners

Trying to save money with low-quality screws is one of the biggest mistakes you can make when building a deck. Low-quality screws will corrode, discolouring your deck and shortening its life, particularly with pressure-treated wood. (Even if your decking is not pressure-treated, it will be attached to pressure-treated beams and joists.) When old decks get rickety, it’s often due to failing fasteners, not the wood. Stainless-steel or coated screws, specifically made for pressure-treated wood, will resist corrosion and extend your deck’s life. Electroplate-galvanized screws, though widely used, are not acceptable for decks.

Conceal Your Support

Hidden fasteners leave your deck surface with a clean, simple appearance.

Know Your Options in Decking Materials

Homeowners have more decking material choices than ever before. For fans of real wood, there is Garapa, Massaranduba and Balau as well as a composite material.

Consider Levels

Need more room? Don’t just build a bigger platform. Instead, construct two or three levels. They’ll allow party guests to congregate in small groups and provide cosier settings for relaxation. A second level not only multiplies your living and entertaining space, it can be used to break up the long and unattractive flight of stairs found on many elevated decks.

Surround Your Deck with Beautiful Railings

Innovative deck railings have taken deck design to new levels. With choices such as glass, metal, composites, and cabling, alternatives to wood railing can have a tremendous impact on the look of your deck.

Open the View if Railings aren’t Needed

Though you wouldn’t know it looking at most decks, the railing isn’t usually required if your deck remains below a specified height. One alternative to the railing is stairs that run the width of one or more sides of your deck. It won’t feel like a cage, and wide stairs provide an elegant transition into the yard and generous seating.

Play with Color

Most homeowners carefully coordinate the colour scheme of their homes’ exteriors, yet many don’t even consider a decking colour other than brown. With today’s selection of stains and decking, it’s easy to find one that complements your home’s exterior, regardless of the palette. The right shades can mean the difference between a deck that looks like a stuck-on foreign object and one that’s a natural extension of your home.

Create Shade Overhead

A deck pergola can dramatically transform your deck from a two-dimensional platform into a three-dimensional outdoor room. Not only does it provide shade, but it also gives you a place to attach speakers, lights, fans, and hanging plants-the comforts that turn a deck into a wonderful outdoor retreat. A basic pergola doesn’t cost much to add to an existing deck, but it’s easier to build as an integral part from the outset.

Vary Your Geometry

Consider a deck with unusual angles or even curves. It requires more labour, but it can turn a common rectangular deck into a unique architectural feature.

Set the Mood with Thoughtful Details

Small touches make your deck a relaxing place to hang out. Lighting, a sound system, planters, a fan, perhaps a built-in bench or two-these niceties turn a drab deck into a desirable destination.

Think about these amenities when you plan your deck, rather than forcing them in after you’re finished building. During construction, you can hide wires and attach structures with relative ease.

(Info taken from: https://www.bhg.com/…/10-things-to-know-about-building-a-d…/)