A wooden deck can bring out the natural elegance and glory of your house and add value to it at the same time. To build the deck yourself you will need to have basic knowledge about construction, for example your deck has to be stable because if it is unstable it is not pleasing to the eyes and it is unsafe. To create your own deck you need to be prepared and have the right knowledge and assistance, if you have these elements close by you will be able to build a perfect wooden deck for your home.
The first step is to find out if there are any laws that may restrict the construction of your deck; it could be size, height, specific materials etc. You need to research this thoroughly because you don’t want to design and construct your own deck only to be told that you have to destroy it.
To build a deck you will need a wide variety of different tools, from cinder blocks and joist hangers to shovels and wheelbarrows. Before you start building your deck you must have your design and you need to have a plan laid out, to minimize the risks of any mishaps occurring. You need to know your tools and materials needed to ensure that the deck is constructed properly and correctly and if you are unsure about something all you have to do is ask for some assistance.
Once the deck has been built it is important for you to educate yourself on cleaning and straining your deck, these two activities are vital to ensure that your deck looks and stays beautiful. There are many types of deck cleaning products available; you just need to find out which one will be best for the type of deck you have built. Once you have started your once a year maintenance procedure you are going to have to use different products for different areas of the deck, but that you can do research on and ask someone at for example a home improvement store, for advice if you need to.
One must always take note of any problems, no matter how small or big – rotting, loose pieces of wood, bad wood etc and you must address these problems immediately and not leave them to get even worse. It doesn’t matter if your deck was professionally done or you built it yourself- if you look after it and keep it well maintained it will ad value to your home and make your garden a wonderful place for family and friend gatherings.
Sarah wrote this article while looking into building her own wooden deck and wanted to share some of her knowledge.