Top 9 Things To Know Before Building A Deck
- Size of Your Deck
- Deck Materials
- Time of the season
- The Contractor/Company
- Paperwork Process
- Construction Process
When determining the right size for your deck you’ll need to consider three things:
- How you plan to use the deck
- For entertaining
- For outdoor dining
- As a pool or spa surround
- For outdoor privacy
- As a place for container gardening close to the house
Answering all of these will help you determine the size of your dream deck.
Most importantly, consider the size of your house before deciding the size & design of your deck. A deck that is too large can dwarf your house, a deck that is too small will get lost. If Your house is 1000sq feet the largest you might want to go with your deck is 500sq feet.
Sometimes it’s apparent where a deck should go but other times, there may be more than one possible location. If that’s the case, how you want your deck to function will determine which spot will be ideal for its location. In addition, think about these considerations when determining a deck’s location:
- Scaling the deck to the size of your property
- Tracking microclimates that will affect your deck’s level of comfort
- Placing the deck in sun and shade for comfort
- Determining wind patterns that can affect usage
- Maximizing scenic views
- Creating privacy from neighbors
- Having easy access from deck to house
It is important to consider a variety of deck plans before moving ahead with construction.
Will you mind spending money & time every year upkeeping your deck? If you do, then you might want to consider a maintenance-free route with steel and composite. This may not seem like a big deal in influencing your decisions regarding your deck BUT it may save you thousands of dollars over the years.
Now that you have figured out the function, size, design, and location of your deck, you must figure out your budget and see if all the amenities you would love to have on the deck fit in the budget. Knowing your budget will give you a realistic idea of what materials you decide to build with.
Knowing your budget will help you determine what type Frame, Boards and Railing
You can build with.
- You can build with wood or everlasting steel. (check out Steel vs Wood for more details)
- You can use wood, composite, or pvc (check out Composite vs Wood & Best Composite Decking for more details)
- You can build with Composite, aluminum, Crystal railing (check out Types Of Railing for more details)
After you have established all your personal preferences it is time to consider external factors.
Time of the season
The season you decide to build your deck may affect pricing, availability and material availability. Build in the summer and you may find the cost high because of high demand. Availability may be hard to find because of high demand and material scarcity may be high as well. To avoid these problems, consider getting a design and pulling permits during the winter and spring so that when summer comes you are ready to go.
When choosing the right builder for your project, make sure that you go with someone that has at least these three certifications.
Picking a company with these things will help you avoid headaches and reduce liability.
Know that building a deck comes with a process.
Once you have picked the ideal company, they can not just start building the next day. (If they say they can, don’t hire them)
Also, make sure you guys sign a contract so that you are protected.
Whether it’s you or the company. You’ll need to file for a permit with your city/village. This process takes anywhere from 15-30 days!
Once the permit is approved, construction may begin.
A deck may take anywhere from 2-4 weeks or more to complete depending on the size and details of the project.
The common process of construction is
- Digging Holes
- Pouring Concrete
- Setting the post & ledger
- Fine tuning details