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When Building a Deck Consider These 5 Tips

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Keep these 5 things in mind before, during, and after building your deck. Photo Credit: Ctd 2005

The backyard is often seen as an extension of the home, giving families more space for enjoying each other’s company, entertaining guests, cooking and dining and other fun activities. As such, a deck can be viewed as an outdoor living room/kitchen/dining room combo and can provide hours of relaxation and enjoyment during warmer months.

There are several things to consider before adding a deck onto your home, though, to ensure that the deck you get is the deck you’ll really want.

Safety

Safety should always be your primary concern with any building project and a deck addition is no different. Make sure that the materials used in your deck are sturdy and appropriate to the project. Check with your local zoning office to make sure that you are aware of all local building codes pertaining to decks. Also, be sure to use the proper screws for assembling your deck and never nails, always include hand rails and don’t skimp on the sanding - splinters can be serious business.

Materials

Way back in yesteryear if you wanted a deck it was pretty straightforward - you went to the store and bought a bunch of 2x4s and hoped they weren’t too bowed. Nowadays, though, there are different types of wood, including manufactured lumber and recycled materials formed into 2x4 shape. The best way to decide which is right for you is to set a budget (but be flexible) and roam through your...

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