Have you considered building your own outdoor deck lately? If you’re somebody who has dabbled in other home renovation projects, you’ve probably considered it. You may even have researched DIY deck building online, and come across a whole sea of content on how to do this.
When you start learning the fundamentals of building a deck, you’ll also see that there is a lot of conflicting information out there. One DIY vlogger might suggest starting at point ‘A,’ where another suggests starting at ‘B’ or ‘C’. If you’re following multiple tutorials, it can often be confusing as you receive different suggestions from different people. How do you make the most sense of this information? What is the best way to build a new deck?
We could argue all day about methods, tools, techniques and strategies – because the truth is, building a new deck is not as easy as it seems. A very simple platform structure might seem easy to complete, but even that requires precisions measurements, robust safety checks, and relevant permits from local authorities. Many a homeowner has set about building their own deck, only to find out during (or after) construction that the deck does not comply with building codes, and either has to be torn down or modified to meet code.
Before you think about the best techniques and methods for building a deck, consider the best foundation for your project. Either you’re someone who is experienced with building, and possibly has built outdoor decks before – or you hire a licensed, reputable professional to handle the job for you. Either way, the best way to build a new deck is to rely on the foundation of experience and knowledge.
There are, however, companies out there who are incredibly focused on how they’ve always done things, and haven’t effectively changed with the times. This can be problematic too. There are a lot of new things happening in the world of deck building, and if you end up hiring company who is too stubborn to embrace these changes, you could miss out on valuable opportunities.
For example, you can use modern composite materials instead of natural wood. This gives you an appearance that closely mimics natural wood, with a performance that greatly surpasses it. There’s also the option of having your deck resurfaced instead of building a new one. Finally, there are a seemingly endless number of options and configurations for built-in amenities. Lighting, seating, fireplaces, kitchens, Jacuzzis, and so on down the line. If you think these amenities are too far-fetched or too expensive, you might be surprised when you get a quote from a reputable builder. They’ve done a great many decks, and have refined their techniques to a point where they can achieve more with less.
None of these options are in play for the vast majority of DIY deck builders. Does that means the best way to build a new deck is always hiring a professional? Not necessary – the answer depends on what you want out of your deck. If the experience of building it yourself is part of the fun, just make sure you plan carefully and secure necessary permission. If you want professional results at a predictable price point, and in a predictable time frame, hiring a pro is the best choice you can make.