Planning to build a deck? Commendable plan! But before building it consult with your contractor so that they may tell you to include few essential things in your deck ensuring its safety and long life.
Well, here we go…..
Select experienced builder:
Building deck begins with contractor and building the deck of your requirement begins with experienced builder. There are lots of contractors out there so select the one of your choice after certain level of homework especially, after analyzing their experience and expertise.
Be cautious and conscious with connections:
The connection point between deck-to-house and railing-to-deck is something to meditate upon. Those are the points where most of the deck’s structure fails unfolding risk to family and other lives. Hence, meditate on these key connections properly inspecting deck ledger board and beam affixed to home.
If the height of the deck is same as that of the floor of your house then you need to connect rim-joist and floor joist properly. For this, the removal of siding behind the ledger is must. Moreover, you need to install galvanized lag bolts of ½ inch by 4 ½ inch in staggered pattern and it is attached to ledger of the house.
Do not forget to use perfect sized galvanized washers at each lag bolt. You might require deep consultation with your builder in this matter so discuss with the agency properly.
To prevent the separation of the railing from the deck you need to pay minute attention. There are many ways to fix this connection so choose the strongest and best one. Install 4X4 railing posts locating inside of rim-joist of the deck. For the lasting of the railings install and block the posts appropriately.
Prevent water intrusion:
A well built deck prevents water intrusion at house or deck. Hence, proper flashing is must as it prevents water flow inside house, basement and crawlspace. For the best result it is suggested to remove siding behind the deck ledger board and installing flashing under house siding but over the structure of the deck.
Lateral support is vital:
Deck requires different lateral support. To prevent joist from rolling, block at the top of the beams and deck joists. To get rigid and bend free deck, attach ledger board with pressure treated board and install at the angle throughout the bottoms of the deck beam.
Inspect proper bearing:
Get proper bearing from embedded galvanized pot brackets and concrete piers. They are installed under the ground—below soil frost depth—sizing as per the dimensions and weight of the deck.
Aforementioned facts are helpful in building a good and lasting deck. But the consultation and service of experienced contractor is not denied in this regard. So, we suggest you to hire expert hand with adequate knowledge for desired result.