Spring is Here

Time to start thinking about increasing your living space by adding a new deck. Decks are a great place to relax, and can be built in a few days so you can start enjoying them right away.

First a few things you'll need to get started.

When building a deck you will need a permit from the city building department. In order for your contractor to get one, you will need a drawing of the deck you are proposing to build. In some cities you may also need a survey (usually the mortgage survey wil be fine). The survey is needed because you will need to comply with "setback and percentage of lot coverage" restrictions. These things usually dont present a problem, but its better to know before you build.

After the permit is in place we can begin construction.

Consruction begins with clearing the work area and laying out your deck. Next post holes are dug down to the frost line (in Michigan thats 42"). At this point the inspector will come out to confirm the holes are the proper depth. Now construction begins.

Posts are set and the framing is built. Its important to install proper "flashing" along the house to prevent water damage to the house. Next the decking itself is installed and then the handrails go on and stairs are built.

Thats about it. Depending on the size and design, all this can be done in 3 to 5 days.

Choices of decking.

There are a few different choices for floor and handrail material. Pressure treated lumber is the most cost effective choice, but it will require periodic maintenance.

Next there are materials "Trex". Trex is a man made product. Its half wood and half resin. This material is considered low maintenance. It doesnt last forever but it is very durable.

Finally there are other products like "EON" which is a totally composite material. it is considered no maintenance.

Trex and Eon are typically twice the price of pressure treated lumber but require much less maintenance.

There are also other types of wood that an be used for decking like Mahogany and cedar.

For more iinformation, give us a call. 586-709-4853