Then, when you think you’ve planned everything, plan some more! You can never think through the process enough; luckily, there are tools out there to help you get the job done right. If built correctly using today’s technology — from framing hardware to composite decking and rails — your new deck will last for years! Large or small, a well-constructed deck can be the focal point for many family get-togethers and parties.
Because of the internet, homeowners have the same tools as the professionals. There are even a lot of free deck design programs available to help you draw up plans and create a material list. There are many products in the industry, some of which have been around longer than others — so check their track records and talk to somebody in the know.
Ask us at Fisher Lumber Showroom, Fisher Lumber or Andale Lumber. We know our products and we know which ones work best in our area. For example, some composite decking boards are slick when wet or with snow, some will stain, and some will fade, so it’s best to talk to someone about your specific project. We can also help with matching accessories such as composite handrails and powder-coated balusters.
The location of your deck can be very important. Do you want to place your deck to get the most sunlight or place your deck where you will get the least amount of wind? You should also take into consideration the size of deck and the size of your house. Large decks are nice, but they may not look proportionate. A deck that’s too small may haunt you because of lack of room. Plan for furniture, grills, and stairways to make sure you will have enough space. Use wood stakes or spray paint to mark your corners so you can plan how much area your deck will cover. Thinking ahead now about any future plans — like possibly covering your deck or enclosing by screening it in — may help you decide the size of your deck and how it should tie into your house. Before any construction, call local utilities to mark their lines, and check for any building restrictions, local codes, or HOA regulations that may specify how your deck can be built or the type of building materials that you need.
Carefully plan on how your deck will tie into the house. The base of your deck is a very important step. Recently, there have been decks collapse because of improper footings or piers, no footings or piers, or because the deck was not secured to the house sufficiently. New hardware like LedgerLok lag bolts and Simpson Strong Tie post bases and deck ties are examples of hardware designed to strengthen your deck. Make sure you use approved fasteners for treated yellow pine joists. The current chemicals in treated wood can corrode.