Everyone loves a good DIY project; the excitement of a new idea, seeing it through from start to finish and the pride you feel once the project is done can’t be matched. Some projects, however, are better left to the professionals, especially if it’s your first time attempting a project or if there are major safety concerns involved. Deck building and sourcing the proper materials are a perfect example of this kind of project. Below you’ll find tips and guidance on what exactly goes into a deck build and whether you think you can tackle it safely on your own or if you should get the pros involved.
The first step in a new deck build, and what also may be the most important step, is planning. The more detail and time you put into planning your deck, i.e. how large you want it to be, whether it requires handrails and stairs, what you see the space being used most often for, etc. the less time you need to spend on the build itself. When working with a professional during this stage, they are likely bringing years of knowledge and experience to the table on the size and type of deck that will best fit your needs. If you have grand ideas but need to stick to a tight budget, a professional builder can guide you into a combination of the right size deck and type of material to get, that will give you more bang for your buck in the long run.
The type of material you choose for your deck is also a key factor, and since it will likely take up a good portion of your budget, you want to make sure you’re choosing the right material.
StoneDeks has a plethora of decking material to choose from, check out our products and applications page for more information on the right material for your build.
Working with professionals can prevent you from making costly mistakes, especially in the early stages. Oftentimes, homeowners will start the demolition portion of a project, thinking it’ll save who they hire some time, and it ends up adding in more because key structural elements can be accidentally removed. Making sure your deck is structurally sound is the top safety concern for both you and your contractor. The last thing anyone wants is a beautiful deck to look at, but not enjoy, because of safety hazards.
All in all, DIY projects are great and can save you money; money you can put towards a more safety conscious project, like a new deck. Taking everything we’ve mentioned above into consideration, the planning, structural importance, material and so on, don’t be afraid to call in a pro! It’s their job to help when needed and ensure you and your loved ones have a safe space to enjoy for years to come.