Summer is almost upon us, and it’s time for grilling. Many families that would enjoy relaxing, entertaining, or cooking on outdoor decks are considering the many benefits of a do-it-yourself deck construction project. While creating your own deck is an excellent activity, it should also be approached with caution. Any time a do-it-yourself project is started at home there is an increased risk for injuries and accidents. Here are some tips to help you get started on your summer deck construction.
Envision Your Space
Before getting started, take a look at various deck materials and designs on the Internet or through trade magazines. You’re likely to find some inspiration here, which will lead you to an excellent starting point. Online tools are also available to set up sample deck constructions and see what it would look like in your backyard. Mobile apps can also assist you with getting a real sense of what the deck will look like when it’s finished and calculating the space usage for your new creation. Ultimately, it’s important to have a mental and visual image before you jump in to “build” mode.
Choose Quality Materials
If you intention is for a deck that will keep bringing your joy for years to come then walk right past the cheap construction materials and head to the quality aisle. A deck is not only a beautiful new addition to your home but can also increase the overall value of your house (if you ever want to sell). You want the deck to communicate something about your personal style, but also about the quality of your craftsmanship through the materials. Especially if you have children, or live in an area where extreme weather is a factor, make sure you’re choosing construction materials and deck enhancements that will stand the test of time. Think long and hard about the potential impact from pets, children, grilling, and outdoor furniture before putting your deck together. High-performance materials are a must for a deck that will be used often.
Look For Simple Fixes or Remodeling Options
Building a large deck from scratch can be extremely time consuming and possibly dangerous if you are not 100% sure of what you are doing. Don’t be afraid to ask for help and bring in a professional to assist.
If you already have a deck is it really worth it to destroy it and build a whole new one? Could you save your old deck and bring it back to life through simple resurfacing? Small final touches can make a dramatic difference on your completed project. Factor these into your budget and construction time from the outset to allow for a completely finished look. For example, perhaps you want to consider umbrellas or an outdoor table to enjoy your deliciously grilled food.
Keep It Safe
Many people starting their first deck construction project on their own don’t realize the dangers of working with tools and machinery or working with cumbersome materials. This, along with the fact that do it yourself projects don’t require special training or safety protocols, makes home accidents extremely common for DIY projects. Building something with your own hands can be very rewarding. Just make sure your not a finger short at the end of the project.
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