A deck-building project is a great way to enhance the living space of your home, offering a great area to entertain guests or simply let your hair down after a long day at the office. The popularity of these fixtures is reflected in a recently updated IBIS World report that reported a 0.3% growth in the deck and patio industry – showing the rise in demand for deck construction services in the past few years. Numerous benefits can be enjoyed with the inclusion of this extension, but these advantages can only come to fruition if the fixture is properly constructed according to the building codes and regulations of the region.
If you’ve never undertaken a deck-building project before, dealing with the entire process can seem a bit chaotic if you’re not sure about how to approach the venture. Taking the time to familiarize yourself with the process adopted by Deck Builders when looking to ensure successful results can be a good way to transform the seemingly chaotic nature of the process into a more orderly series of events.
Some of the major aspects to keep in mind when planning a deck-building project include:
DIY vs. Hiring a Professional
One of the first elements that individuals need to consider at the start of the project is whether to handle the project on their own or pass the task to a certified expert. Many newbies tend to view decks as a simple structure especially when dealing with the traditional square and rectangular designs, but this can’t be further from the truth. In such cases, individuals may begin to attempt the venture as a DIY, before backtracking on their decision and finally conceding to the need for professional help. This view is reflected in a report published by ResearchGate which states that approximately 80% of residential decking projects are taken on by established professionals. If you have no prior experience, hiring a professional is always a recommendable strategy.
Settling on a Design
The next stage of the planning process is settling on a suitable design. There are numerous options to choose from when it comes to styles and designs, but not every alternative will be a match for your residence. One of the major aspects to consider when working on a design is the size and shape of your extension. A general rule of thumb to consider when deciding on an appropriate size is that your deck should never be larger than the largest room in your house. Settling on general dimensions including 20X20, 12X12, and 10X10 is advisable, especially when dealing with porches that are placed at the front of the house. Wraparound decks, on the other hand, can get a bit tricky and you’ll need to consider aspects such as the area covered and available space. In most cases, wraparound decks are generally designed via curvatures or right angles. Multi-level decking has also become a trending feature with designs in recent times for individuals seeking luxury solutions.
Once you have settled on a design you’ll finally need to apply for a deck-building permit before you can commence construction. Having a professional contractor handle the application process on your behalf can shorten the approval time involved as there will be fewer chances of a mistake being committed during submission, so call us today! Dexksos, your top rated contractor!