Thinking about adding a deck to your home? We don’t blame you! They’re the perfect way to enhance your outdoor space. Decks also provide a great place to host family and friends and can increase the property value of your home. While a backyard deck addition is exciting, there are a lot of factors to take into consideration. To help you get started, we’ve put together a guide to walk you through the process.
Establish a Budget and Building Plan
The very first step in the deck building process is to establish your budget and create a building plan. Knowing what you can afford will help you determine what type of material you’ll use, how big your deck will be, and what extra features you’ll include. Below are some significant factors to work into your budget and building plan.
- What permits and fees are required
- The size of the deck in relation to the size of the house and backyard
- The number and location of access points
- What features will be included (built-in seating, lighting, etc.)
- How the location of septic tanks, sewer, and property lines will impact the size and location of the deck
When determining how big your new deck will be, a good rule of thumb is to build the deck wider than it is deep. In addition, the longer dimension should run along the house. Typically, the average deck is between 300 and 400 square feet. However, if you just want a deck big enough to hold a dining table, a 12-foot by 12-foot deck will suffice.
Can’t quite afford the beautiful, multilevel deck you’ve been dreaming of? Calculate the required budget and create a building plan for the project as a whole, then break it up into smaller chunks. Start with one level and add on as funds become available. Even though it takes a little longer to come to fruition, you’ll still be able to enjoy each phase.
Select the Material You’ll Use
In the past, wood was the most common material used to build a deck. However, in recent years alternative decking materials have started to rise in popularity. Unlike wood, which is prone to rotting, splitting, and insect infestation, these composite materials are much more durable and require less maintenance.
More sustainable selections like Trex and Azek decking offer homeowners more bang for their buck. In comparison to traditional wood decks, composite decking often includes the following features.
- Withstands inclement weather
- Mold, mildew and moisture resistant
- 30-year limited fade and stain warranty
- Not susceptible to pest infestations
When choosing decking material, it’s important to consider the purpose of the deck, your location, and overall budget. Decking made of PVC material, like Azek decking, can become slippery when exposed to water. So, if you plan to build your deck around a pool or hot tub, Trex decking may be a better option. Certain types of material can be impacted by extreme temperatures, as well. Rapid shifts in temperature can cause cracking as the boards expand and contract.
The Building Process
The time it takes to complete your deck can vary depending on a number of factors. The size, materials, and time it takes to get the required permits will play a part. While it’s possible to build your deck on your own, hiring a professional will streamline the process and give you peace of mind.
With an experienced crew, your deck can be completed within just a few days versus a few weeks or even months handling the project on your own. Hiring a professional also ensures the structure is completed to the proper building standards. In turn, your deck will be much safer and have a longer lifespan.
Enjoying Your Deck
Once your new deck is completed, you can customize it further with backyard accessories. Outdoor rugs, patio furniture, flower boxes, and planters are a great place to start. Many homeowners are also including a TV to convert their deck into an outdoor lounge. When it comes to customizing your deck, the choice is yours!
Considering building a new deck or adding on to an existing deck? Yanish Custom Exteriors is skilled in creating custom deck solutions to fit your unique needs and bring your vision to life. Contact our team to get a free estimate.