Constructing a deck attached to your house is a great idea, not because it is a place for entertainment, but because it saves the money you might spend on an outing for you and your family. The most important prerequisites for this are time, right skills and tools, and a strong desire to face the challenges.
Municipalities of certain areas allow construction only if prior permission is taken. So, the first thing that should be done is to check out with your municipality if any permit is required.
In your plan, only include those things that are important. Decide on the location, measurements, and amenities. Your design should consist of a simple platform accompanied by stairs, which match up with the simplicity of the platform. Many people try to experiment with the stairs and fail to achieve the desired result.
The best timber that you can use is pressure treated. Many people tend to avoid pressure treated timber, as it used to contain harmful arsenic. However, now it does not have any arsenic content and is safe for use. It is not very expensive, and at the same time it lasts for a long time.
Selecting the Right Fastener
Stainless steel fasteners are just right with pressure treated wood. Some of the metallic types of fasteners may cause corrosion to the wood and weaken its joints. Moreover, the building codes of some municipal areas permit stainless steel fasteners only.
• While setting up the lumber for building, care should be taken that its curved rings are faced upward. This will ensure that all water from the deck board can be drained off quite easily. As a result, the wood will not get rotten.
• Fastening or screwing is another important aspect. When you are fastening both the ends of the board to the beams, you should screw them at around eight to ten places to add the required strength.