Deck Information Kit
you're just thinking about building a deck yourself or having a contractor
perform the work for you please read on...
If you are intending on building your own deck project, armed with solid
working deck construction plans and details, the correct information and step by
step guidance: you should walk away with the sense of self
accomplishment, experience the pride of your workmanship and be able to jump
into the pile of money you've saved and roll around. Plus you can tease your
If you are considering hiring a builder or deck company to perform the actual work you
must still gain some basic knowledge about the journey you are about to embark
upon. Hiring a deck contractor sometimes is the smartest thing to
do. If your deck project is high in the air or over a steep hillside;
think twice, because it's probably time to call a professional. By the way,
you can still tease your brother-in-law. NOTE: Insert any word you
choose from the family collection in front of -in-law. CAUTION:
Burying your son-in-law under any structure in your back yard is still illegal
in most states.
But seriously, learn fast and learn now. You may have already noticed
that deck companies traditionally do not teach you how to build decks.
Sure, they'll give you some stain and sealing tips, and where to put the grill,
but that's incidental to the big picture. They don't give away this
knowledge because this is how they make money. As a matter of fact, on
average, only 25% - 35% of the deck project dollar actually goes towards the
material needed to build a deck. A reputable contractor also has other
overhead, including, but not limited to: labor, insurance, advertising, sales
commissions, etc. But you don't incur these expenses when you build a deck
yourself. You can save this money, about 70% of a typical deck project,
with a little sweat equity.
Why does Decks USA
distribute this valuable information?
simple. We want to earn your trust. We feel that if you have
confidence in us we can then earn your future business pertaining to products
and services such as plans, specialty hardware, like the Deck
Bracket, stains, sealers, cleaners, etc. Plus you'll tell your
circle of influence about us. Decks USA is in the business of delivering
knowledge; through deck construction packages,
deck accessory plans, custom deck design
services, complete consumer packages
These things are important, regardless of your do-it-yourself or contractor
status. Once you learn the answers to these questions you will get any
contractor's or material suppliers attention. It may even help you rule
out certain builders because of their lack of knowledge. You're making an
investment in your #1 asset, your home. Don't make a bad decision.
Do your homework!
- What is the retention value of the lumber you use in your deck
- What is your pound per square foot calculations? Regular deck and
- What's live load and dead load?
- What do your foundations consist of? How are they constructed?
- How do you make the house connection?
- How much of a gap do you leave between deck boards?
- Post and beam construction or corn cob method? What's
the difference? What's better?
- Do you use sub-contractors or employees? Why is this important?
- What is the code for spindle spacing?
- What is the code for when I need railings on my deck and stairs? One
side of stairs or both?
- What is the code for stair riser height and tread depth?
- Should I use gravel and/or plastic under my deck?
- How close to the door sill can I build my deck?
- When is it a good idea to change deck flooring pattern direction?
- Should I run the deck boards on an angle or keep them horizontal?
The above list shows some of the questions and answers included in
the Decks USA Deck Information Kit.
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