If you are planning or in the process of building a new deck, there are some steps that you can take to ensure you enjoy and enjoy it fully. Talk to your contractor about the following and learn more about your distinct options.
Consider these five tips when building your new deck:
1. Use Quality Materials
The first and most important tip is to invest in quality materials. Your deck is going to be outside, in the elements, so this is not the time to scrimp to save a few dollars. Your contractor will have more information regarding material choices and costs for your consideration.
2. Try Elevating It
When it comes to decks, you will have options related to their height. Try elevating your deck for a more dramatic feature to the home, as well as a perfect spot to sit and survey your surroundings. Elevating a deck may also result in a more usable area, as you will also have space under the elevated deck for storage. When elevating a deck, hand railings are even more important for safe usage.
3. Always Opt for Handrails
Speaking of handrails, many consumers mistakenly think that railings are not important on lower-rise decks: this is simply not true. While handrails may not be required for building codes on decks under 30 inches in height, they are still an integral safety feature that you must not skip, especially if you have children or pets.
4. Treat Thresholds Special
A common error that you could make is to position the deck too closely under the door threshold. It is best to leave a bit of space so that the tracks of your deck/patio doors do not become filled with dirt and debris. This also makes your decking vulnerable to water and inevitably rotting over time. Instead of installing the deck flush to the threshold, try leaving a three-inch stoop for better results later on.
5. Spruce up the Stairs
Does your deck have stairs? Take time and care to ensure your stairs are stable and well-supported. Why go with the naked, notched steps seen on many decks that can be treacherous, especially when wet? Experts suggest that you add skirts to outside jacks and the risers of your stairs for added stability. After all, you don't want someone to take a nasty fall!
Use these five tips and suggestions to increase the joy and satisfaction you get from your new deck. Communicate with your deck contractor during the planning process about your expectations to ensure you are happy with the results later.