Building a deck? Plan ahead for success

Whether you’re a construction pro or a first time do-it-yourselfer, you’ve likely heard the old adage: measure twice, cut once. Following this advice will reduce both frustration and wasted materials, but if you distill it down even further, you can apply it to any project. It basically means that proper planning prevents poor performance. If you are building a deck this year, here are a few tips to ensure the success of your project.

Check your town’s requirements

Before you even start your plan, it’s a good move to check with your city or town office to see what sort of permits, inspections and specifications are required. If you gamble and build without doing so, you could face fines, be required to tear it down or have trouble selling your property in the future.

Specifications vary from place to place, but may include restrictions on how close you can build to a property line, safety requirements for things like railing height and how to affix the deck to your home, and specific building materials to use for building a deck.

Draft a plan

Once you know what you can and can’t do, it’s time to put pencil to paper and draft a plan. This step is also likely required as part of the permitting process. Depending on the complexity of your project, this may be something you can do yourself. There are online plans you can customize and download, or you can ask us for help—deck design is one of our many services. More complicated designs may be best left to the professionals.

Spend some time looking at options in catalogs and online, so you have a clear idea for your plan. We offer vast options for decking materials—natural or composite including Trex, Azek, and TimberTech offerings in stock. Other name brands are also available via special order.    A variety of deck railings can be found in stock as well with lighting and other accessories also obtainable from local distribution channels for your convenience.

For your own sanity, along with your plan, put together a detailed shopping list of all the materials you’ll need for the project from start to finish, and in what quantity. There’s nothing worse than having to make countless trips to the store when you realize you’ve run out of screws or forgot to get a paintbrush.

Get the right tools for the job

You’ve got the necessary permits and plans, but there’s still one last item before you are ready to build: the right materials for the job. Fortunately, you can find everything you need with us:

  • Our treated lumber is the highest quality you can buy
  • We stock the largest variety of composite/PV decking materials
  • We have the best variety of lumber and decking lengths to minimize waste
  • Special orders only require two days

Our knowledgeable staff can explain the differences between the various decking types and installation methods.

If you’re not sure what materials or tools you need, or want any advice to ensure your deck-build goes smoothly, stop by our store or contact us by phone or email. Our expert team will help you find what you need, answer your questions, and set you up for success.