Learn How to Build a Deck With These 5 Tips

Did you know you can increase the value of your home by increasing your floor space? And you can actually extend the floor space of your home when you build a deck. Although it does not go into the final square footage of the house itself, it is carefully notated in an appraisal’s report that the property has a deck. Appraisers will report on the quality of the deck and thereby set a value to it. If you have a deck, it is an asset and offers a great return on investment especially when you can do it yourself. Here are some tips and tricks on how to build a deck:

Measure

Measurements are crucial when learning how to build a deck. Determine what you want your deck to look like and measure out the dimensions. Rectangles are easiest to build, but custom shapes can be worked with and are awesome to look at and use when they are done. There are a lot of different items you should think about and consider when you are measuring for your deck. You need to think about the entire space of the deck, railings, seating, and more.

Foundation

The process comes down to digging shallow and parallel trenches, placing cement footings in those trenches and placing frame boards between them to act as a strong foundation. Then you screw in the frame and the floor boards and you’re done. Most of the harder work, like shaping your wood, digging holes and cementing boards into the ground is taken care of for you with cement footings. The process has become easy enough for every day homeowners to do it themselves and make it look good.

Materials

So you are going to build a deck, and it’s time to figure out what kind of materials you are going to use. The materials can help calculate the cost of building a deck. Here are a couple different options:

  • Wood– You can use either treated or natural wood for your deck; these are typically the more traditional options.
  • Composite Decking– You could also use composite decking, it costs a lot more but over time you might actually be able to save money because you won’t have to pay to have it cleaned, refinished, or replaced.

Extra Materials

The best advice to offer is to buy extra materials for the times that mistakes happen. Don’t leave a mistake just because you don’t want to buy one more item. You are already saving a lot of money by doing it yourself, and you can still make more money from it should you sell the house. It’s an investment worth making when you take the time and effort to make the deck look nice. This is something that should be added in when figuring out your cost to build a deck.

Expert Tips

Here are some helpful tips from the experts you can consider when building your deck:

  • Fasteners– When building a deck you need to think about what you are going to spend more money on and what you are going to save on. Just a heads up, saving and buying low-quality screws is not the way to go! Fasteners are something you want to spend actual-good money on. Why? Because low-quality screws and fasteners will cause discoloration in your deck, they will corrode, and they will shorten the life of your deck. Want a deck that will stand the test of time? Pay more for good fasteners.
  • Hide the Support– You can make a beautiful deck with a clean, smooth, simple appearance by choosing to hide your support – the screw heads, etc. Leaving the screws open to the elements, though technically might not look bad to you, could look unprofessional/unclassy to other people like potential home buyers.
  • Different Shapes and Levels– You could build a regular rectangular or square shaped deck, but if you want something a little more fun and exciting you could consider different shapes and levels for your deck. Multiple levels for a deck are great when you need more room; don’t want to be stuck with a boring one level deck? A multilevel deck creates more interest to the eye and it creates more room for a bigger living space or a bigger entertainment area.

We hope you have enjoyed these tips and tricks on how to build a deck! Good luck with your deck!

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