Patios are great. I love mine. Some of the most enjoyable times I spend in my day are on my patio. And there is truly nothing like coming home at the end of a long day to sit and unwind on my patio. If you are thinking of building a deck for yourself, here are a few things to be aware of that will save you a ton of headaches.
Now some people like to sit on their lawn chairs in the backyard, nothing wrong with that at all. It is a great and time-honored tradition of simply sitting on the lawn on your garden furniture and watching the sunset at the end of the day.
But it’s really kind of nice to be able to have that nice solid feeling of a deck under your chair or chaise lounge. And the truth is if you are someone, (like me) who likes to have a relaxing drink at the end of the day, you want the outdoor bar table you just bought to be on a nice level deck surface, right?
These are some of the top tips I learned the hard way about building a deck that will look great and is as easy as possible. You can get by without these if you really want to, but it’s worth checking through to make sure you haven’t missed something really important.
- Make sure you have your permits in order. Nothing and I do mean nothing feels worse than to start on putting up a stunning new deck in your backyard then to find out it is 2 inches too tall and you have to retrofit for a set of steps or a railing. Just coming home and seeing that cease and desist tag from the building inspector is such a heartbreaker. Or even worse, realizing after buying your materials that they are not really allowed in your location. Check, check, and check again, to be sure you can use the materials you want and to ensure that your design and plan are in keeping with your local codes. Consult your local deck builder for any type of deck building in Albany.
- Don’t skimp on the fasteners you use to keep your deck together. It’s just a heartbreaker to see that brown rust stain creeping along the floor of your deck you just spent weeks putting together. And even worse, you realize the stain is coming from the cheapo screws you picked up at the local big box home improvement store. Invest in something decent like stainless steel fasteners so you won’t be listening to your family or your buddies wondering out loud where that stain is coming from.
Those are two of the best tips I have found to pay attention to before starting your deck project. I wish I had learned them the easy way, but you can take advantage of my sorrowful experiences for your own benefit.