3 Outdoor Deck DIY Tips

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If your home did not include a deck, you can add one by doing it yourself or hiring professionals to build it for you. For those who enjoy DIY, building a deck is a worthwhile project. With some research, you can figure out what design and components work best for your home. A deck pedestal system, for example, is a good component for decks that may encounter drainage problems or sit on a slope.

Here are three outdoor deck DIY tips to consider.

Design

Before you make any material purchases, survey the area where you plan to build your new outdoor deck. If the space is not perfect, what will you have to do to make it perfect for your vision? Any earth that needs to be shifted, should be. You will also want to find out if a new deck will impede any portion of your home’s existing infrastructure.

Materials

An array of materials are available for your new deck. Each possesses its own set of benefits. It is up to you to decide what materials will accomplish your vision and withstand the elements of your region best. Wood is the most widely used material for decks. It can be treated, tends to be weather-resistant and mostly immune to insects. Composite materials are on the rise and they offer similar benefits.

Research

Whether you own your home or the land it is built on, you will still want to do some research. Depending on how your property is zoned and how strict your town’s government is, before you build your deck, find out if a permit is required. Once the bureaucratic details are sorted out and you have the green light, do some deck-building research. If your goal is to build a deck that will outlast the test of time, the foundation is key. It will also have to adhere to any local city codes.

An outdoor deck is a great addition to any home since it can be enjoyed through many weather conditions. Before you build conduct research, consider the design and materials.