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Building a wooden deck is a standout feature when it comes to having an area where you can entertain friends or family or merely having a space to relax and unwind after a hard day’s work.
But there are a few deliberations that you need to think about before starting your deck building project.
Location & design
When you’re planning to add a deck to the exterior look of your property, it is vital to carefully consider how the space is going to be utilised and based on this factor, you can determine where the best location will be to suit your individual requirements.
Positioning the deck is a strategic consideration when you want the deck to blend in with the rest of your indoor and outdoor spaces. It can also provide shade and an extension of your garden aesthetic look.
Privacy must also be considered therefore you need to decide whether you’ll be adding a privacy screen, or will the deck be hidden by your home or strategically placed plants.
Deck accessories & furniture options
If you are going to utilise this area for entertainment habitually, then you may want to consider adding permanent seating such as precast concrete seating or built-in wooden seats and maybe extra storage. Incorporating additional features such as a built-in bar fridge, a barbeque and outdoor lighting can really make this area an inviting and enjoyable space. When you acquire the services of reputable deck builders, you can discuss your options with them before the commencement of the project.
Decking timber options
Before starting with the deck building process, it can be advantageous to research the different types of decking timber that are locally at your disposal.
There is a wide selection of decking wood that can be utilised for building a deck, and the material you end up choosing will ultimately influence your budget and how much you will have to spend. Contact a few of your local suppliers and compare pricing to see which type will best suit your budget and deck requirements.
Softwood such as pine are a cheaper option, but this type of wood is not as dense as the hardwoods and will require a strong support structure and regular maintenance. Pine is readily available at most retailers which makes it an optimal choice.
Finalising the deck
When it comes to the roof of your deck, you can choose from different materials including grass, bamboo or a fully-fitted roof. As with the decking timber, it is vital to research the availability in your area as well as the deck design that you have in mind and ultimately the amount of money you are willing to spend. Proper finishing is essential to protect your deck against harsh weather conditions, general wear and tear and insects. For scratches and dents you can use a good quality filler for wood to give it brand new look. Finishing your deck includes the application of a deck sealer to the finished deck. Certain decking timber options will require a regular application of suitable exterior deck sealant.