If you're thinking about adding a deck to your home remember to check whether or not you need permits. That will be based on your deck height; whether or not it’s attached to the house; the utilities you will need to run, like plumbing, gas and electricity; and how close to the property line you have to go. Cover all your bases and you will have a homerun.
Below are a few more tips to help you get started:
When designing your deck, remember that creating your ultimate deck isn’t just about the deck material itself. Think about the overall design, functionality, seating, privacy, materials, durability, maintenance—and how much maintenance you’re willing to do—and of course, safety!
Think about deck height. A lower deck cannot only complement your landscaping but it also requires fewer stairs, which is safer. It’s also quicker to build, and you have fewer worries about slips and falls.
Installation is key. I’ve seen a lot of deck products use plastic clips to make connections. That’s an absolute no-no. Plastic tends to break, especially going from extremely cold temperatures to extremely hot, which is typical for Canadian weather. Solid metal connectors are the way to go. Stainless steel is best, but also very expensive. I use Simpson Strong-Tie fasteners and connectors—they’re strong, durable and reliable.
Until very recently wood was the no. 1 choice for decks, but durable manmade products are becoming more popular. They tend to require less maintenance, and can also increase durability and safety. For example, SigmaDek is made with aerospace grade aluminum and porcelain components. It looks great and it lasts. You’ll never have to worry about the deck collapsing or malfunctioning.
How big should your deck be? The bigger the better. Depending on your budget and space, go as big as you can. Durable, maintenance-free, manmade materials can pay off in the long run, because once those decks are up they’re essentially repair and worry free. If you go with cheaper materials you might save some money initially but it can end up costing you more in repairs, or even having to replace it down the road.
Plan it out, take your time and build it right—so you don’t have to call me to fix it!