Wood deck construction is a fairly recent addition to the list of DIY tasks open to enthusiasts. With decking very much in fashion, more and more DIY fans are making this drastic change to their garden landscape. In this article we will look at some of the key considerations prior to, during, and after construction of your decking, and additionally, everything you will need to complete the job.
What you will need
Wood deck construction, in addition to requiring physical materials, also requires a great deal of patience, dedication, and time. If you feel these are not attributes you possess, it’s a bad time to start the project.
Decking, depending of course on the area you a covering, can be a massive job, so you will need plenty of these resources to help you last the pace. Additionally you will require a large, clean (i.e. free from debris, children and pets) area to work in.
Material wise, you’re going to have to take a trip down to your local DIY store, and pick up some decking material, or timber, and timber for the base and foundation construction.
You may also want to pour concrete in the base of your decking for extra security. Additionally, you will need an assortment of nails and screws, as well as under brackets to support your decking. Furthermore, you may need weather sealant or varnish to finish your decking.
Before you begin your wood deck construction, you should firstly draw up an accurate plan of your garden, and the decking area. Measure your garden three times to find an accurate measurement and get this down on paper. This has the added benefit of being a complete reference, to help you keep your vision along the way.
With big projects like decking, it can often be easy to lose sight of the end goal, which can delay the work and cause additional problems later on. Another very important consideration is to check with your local planning authority.
It may be the case that in some jurisdictions, there are certain rules and regulations on building decking in your garden, so it is always advisable to check before you spend any time and money on your project.
During the job
During the wood deck construction, you should remember to ensure that everything is level, or perfectly vertical where it should be. The minimal added effort of using a spirit level can save you so much time, and can really help prevent awkward situations later in the project.
Additionally, you should remember to pre-treat the decking before you secure it in place – trust me, this project is easier to handle before you nail everything down.
After the job
After you’ve completed your wood deck construction process, it’s time to sit back, relax and enjoy your handy work. A good practice, however, is to keep the decking clean to avoid slipping, and additionally, you should test the structure for stability regularly. Remember, the last thing you want is for the decking to come crashing down. Not only can this be dangerous, but also highly embarrassing.
And there you should have a completed deck in your garden. With some easy steps and important considerations, wood deck construction can be a process that anyone can undertake in their garden.