START ON YOUR DECK PROJECT NOW SO YOU CAN ENJOY IT ALL SUMMER
The first step in adding a deck to your home is determining the best location. As they say in real estate, “location, location, location!”
Where you decide to build your deck is one of the most important things to consider. Below, are a few things to consider when you are assessing where to put your deck.
Evaluate the terrain of your yard – If you are dealing with a fairly level surface your building project will most likely not be that complicated. In the event you have uneven terrain, where you might be dealing with more slopes, you will have to consider grading the area or possibly building a retaining wall.
Weather pattern at your site – Assessing how the weather will play a role in entertaining on your beautiful new deck is very important. During your planning process make sure to take note regarding how much sun hits the site. You might decide that an area closer to natural shade, such as trees or shrubs, would be a better fit.
Is the area functional for what you intend to use it for? – If you are planning on entertaining a lot on your new deck is it close enough to your home, pool or grilling area? The last thing that you want to do when hosting a party is have to trek a long distance for supplies.
What do you see when standing in the area of the site? – An eyesore such as a busy road, staring into your neighbor’s home or being blocked from the view you had intended could hinder the use of your deck.
What type of soil do you have? – There are limitless types of soil that affect where and how you build your new deck. If your soil has a sandy base it is great for your landscaping endeavors, but building codes may require that you pour concrete footings. Clay based soil can produce more runoff and you will need to put in a drainage system to divert the water away from your deck.
Protection from the elements – Just like we put sunscreen on ourselves you need to shield your deck as well. The sun’s rays can break down the material on your deck which can cause incredible damage. If you chose to work with lumber decking instead of composite, you will need to stain and seal your new deck to avoid rot, which is caused by excessive moisture leading to mold and collapse. Make sure to hose off your deck in the spring and fall. If you live in an area that experiences winter months remove leaves and twigs on your deck as soon as you can to avoid deterioration in any way.
When it comes to decking, you have a larger array than ever before and your options are far more varied than using just plain wood. Here are some options of decking materials to consider.