Six Mistakes To Avoid When Building A Deck
Out on the deck is a wonderful place to spend time—alone relaxing and enjoying nature or entertaining family and friends. A deck also adds beauty to your home and can even add value to it. So if you want to extend your living space outside or enhance your backyard, consider building a deck.
If it’s your first time planning to build a deck, don’t worry. Become familiar with the most common mistakes below so you can avoid them.
6. Cutting Corners On Materials
All deck materials should be chosen according to how well they resist rust, decay and warping. Pressure treated wood is the most popular material used when building a deck; however, there are a multitude of options available including vinyl, PVC, composite, cedar, and exotic hardwoods to name a few. Each option varies in price, durability and overall maintenance. When choosing nails, bolts, screws, and metal fasteners be sure to use galvanized, aluminum or stainless steel since these options combat rust. Select materials that will be the most functional, durable and extend the lifetime of your deck. Another tip, always read and follow manufacturer instructions. For example, using the incorrect nail size with a fastener could cause corrosion leading to equipment malfunction. Thoroughly understanding the pros and cons of each material as well as the level of maintenance required will help you determine what products to use.
Remember, safely building a deck with quality materials is the best way to ensure your deck remains beautiful for years to come.
Safe Digging Tip: Always contact JULIE before you dig to have utility lines on your property located for free by our members. Valuable utility lines may be buried just beneath the surface and hitting one could disrupt critical services, cause serious harm to you or your family, or even result in costly repairs and fines.