How to build a deck 1

This is a series of informational guides on building deck. The first one of these will be focusing on how to design a deck.

Great additions or remodels to your home being with a strong emphasis on design. A high importance is placed on design because it is this problem where you develop the cost of your project. But before you begin to design a deck, you have to look at area where your deck is going to stand.

First you must survey the area where you want to build your deck. Ask yourself, what kind of composition is my soil (high in clay, or with a strong rock content.), is it a flat or sloped? Can and how do I run power to my deck? What purpose does my deck serve? Is it going to be covered or is it going to be open air? How do I access my deck? How large do I want it? The list goes on. But the one of the biggest questions you have to ask yourself is how do I make it fit with my home?

Have you ever walked into someone’s house and noticed that something just didn’t fit? The work, regardless of how it looks, is just out of place with the scheme of their home? So when you design and eventually move to building a deck you should do your best to design a deck for harmony and growth.

Now we have to talk about materials for building a deck. Whatever the purpose you want for your deck, you want to create something that will withstand the test of time.

Mock Lumber:
Can be a plastic polymer or a wood-polymer composite. The best part about these imitations is that they are bug, rot, and water proof. Meaning that once it is installed there is no staining. However, fake wood will always be fake wood.

Western Red Cedar:
Because it is a tree that is from a environment that has all four seasons, all of that regularly hit seasonal extremes. This wood will withstand rain, sun, heat, and cold. However because this wood splinters so easily, it is important to find a deep penetrating stain: Mohawak Finishing make a good product called Ultra Penetrating stain.

Philippine Mahogany:
Before telling you about this wood, allow me to plead with you to only by wood that has the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) stamp. The FSC endorsement means that when building a deck out of this material, no rain forests were damaged. It is resistant to pests and rot because it has evolved a tight-grain because of its climate of origin.

Redwood:
If properly cared for, this deck will last forever. This soft wood will resist rot, however you should use and reapply a sealer.

That closes the first section of this tutorial on how to construct a deck. Remember the design of your deck is important, because it setups the planning process, it will reduce unnecessary spending, and it ensure that your deck fits your home.