Are you thinking about building a wooden deck in your home? Over the past few years, wooden decks have increased in popularity among countless homeowners. Not only do they add a functional area in your home, but it also creates a more relaxing and entertaining place where the family can spend some time together.
A Guide To Timber Deck Construction
A timber deck helps increase the value of your home. And what’s great is that you can build a wooden deck by yourself with some DIY skills and a few handy tools but for best results, you really should hire a local deck builder. Keep reading for a complete guide to timber deck construction.
Prepare The Floor Space
The first thing to do is to mark off the area where you want to build the deck. Strings and profile boards come in very useful for this process. It’s imperative that the strings are level. The idea is to visualize the coverage area of the deck. The string will also mark the positions of the posts and joists.
Clean The Area
Before you get too excited and start building the deck, take the time to clean the site first. This involves removing grass and other vegetation. Make sure that the entire area that will be covered is thoroughly cleaned. You may also want to use USB material to cover the area. This is to prevent vegetation from re-growing, which may present future problems.
Attach The Deck To The House
Now the real fun begins. Using expansion bolts, you can now position the ledger board to the brick wall. Make sure that you install the ledger board at the correct height as it determines the level of your deck floor. Don’t forget to factor in the thickness of the deck boards as well.
Install Posts, Beams, And Joists
By now, you should already know where the holes for the posts should be located. Make sure that all holes are about 500mm deep and then fill the bottom with stone. Place the posts and pour concrete. See to it that the posts are vertical and aligned with one another. Install some kind of support until the concrete sets.
Once the concrete is set, it’s time to fit the beams to the posts. The string you used earlier is your best friend once again. Transfer its height starting from the bottom of the ledger board to the posts you just installed. This marks the height where the top of the beams will be attached to the posts.
You then move on to attaching joists. The intermediate joists must be attached to the ledger. The positions of the joists are transferred to the beams as well as the outside joist.
Install Deck Boards, Steps, And Railings
Your wooden deck starts to come to life by this point. The finishing touches include installing deck boards, steps, and railings. Use zinc coated decking screws to install the deck boards and secure them in place. If you want to make your deck unique, you may want to consider experimenting with decking patterns. For the steps, measure the height from the ground to the surface of the deck and determine your preferred riser size for each step. If you want to add railings, it’s all a matter of installing additional posts and then attach horizontal railing supports.