What to Know Before You Build a Deck

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Before you build a deck (or have a deck built for you), there are a few things you should know.

If you want to build a deck of your own, there are some key things you need to know beforehand to ensure that your deck is a beautiful and long lasting compliment to your home. While a well constructed and planned deck can be an incredible asset, building a deck can also be quite a misadventure if you are not properly prepared. Read on to learn about your options when it comes to decking materials as well as what first steps you need to take before you even start building.

Select Your Decking Materials Wisely Before You Build A Deck

Wood that has either been treated or that is naturally weather and insect repellent is what is commonly used when building a deck. These classics have been the go-to decking materials for decades. Composite decking has begun to gain popularity in recent years, however, and is another solid option. While the initial cost is higher, it requires far less care and maintenance and often comes with warranties of 20 years or more.

Permit First

Know your local building codes inside and out and get a permit if you need one. Generally, for decks over a certain height and size, a permit is required. It is important to know these things at the start, so your deck doesn’t end up being an expensive dealbreaker if you later decide to sell your house. It is also necessary to follow the proper safety guidelines out of your own and your guests’ best interests.

Know These Things Before You Build A Deck

Firstly, know exactly where you want your deck to be placed. Whether it is attached to the back door, a second story deck, or another configuration, placement is key. Know the location, design, and materials you will need up front so you can plan appropriately. Some home centers even have design software which can help you design your deck and then automatically create a list of all of the materials you will need based on that design.

Build A Deck with Fisher Lumber

Fisher Lumber and Hardware has served homeowners and contractors in the Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia areas since 1894. We have excellent lumber, all of the building materials you need, top-notch tools, and the expertise to help you pick the right supplies for your project. Give us a call at 301-424-6500 or visit us online for more information. To see more tips for your DIY project, visit us on Facebook,Pinterest, Google+, Houzz, and Twitter!

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