Sunday Morning Tip for Jan 20: 4 Steps to Help You Build a New Deck onto Your Home

<span>Sunday Morning Tip for Jan 20:</span> 4 Steps to Help You Build a New Deck onto Your Home

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    Building a deck doesn’t have to be something that’s out of your reach.

    Taking certain preparatory steps will make the process easier to manage.

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Here are some of the steps that will help you to build your new deck.

Decide on Materials

The type of materials that you want to use for your deck will dictate how you go about the process. For example, a wood deck will require slightly different materials than if you decide to go with a weatherproof deck. The level of support that will be required and how you go about attaching materials together will vary. Another thing to consider is the size of your deck so that you can calculate the amount of materials required to fit within your budget.

 

Create a Plan

Your plan will depend on the amount of space that you have and how your home is laid out. Installing a custom designed deck may be the best solution for your home so that you will have a deck that will work well for your lifestyle. A deck is an extension of the rest of your home. You want to do it right so that it can bring added value to your home and become additional space for your family to enjoy.

Determine Footing Requirements

How your deck is supported is important so that it will be safe for your enjoyment. The number and spacing of your footings will vary depending on the dimensions of your deck. Another consideration for footing requirements is the size of your joist material. The basic thought is that you should have footings at least every eight feet, but more frequently may be advisable in order to impart the maximum amount of support to the structure.

 

Prepare Your Foundation

Concrete is the typical type of footing that’s installed for decking. In some instances, you may see the use of cinderblock footings that are designed to cradle the post. The second part of your deck foundation are the joists. These should run perpendicular to your decking material in order to keep everything in place.

You may also need to consider the use of hangers and braces in order to give your deck the most support possible. Another benefit of using hangers is that it’s easier to keep the joists in place while you’re attaching them to the rest of the structure.

Taking the appropriate steps of planning ahead for your deck will make the task easier. Following these guidelines will give you a good jumping off point to have a deck that will last for years.

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