Whether using classic wood decking or versatile composite materials, the universal principles of deck installation and upgrades are the same. However, the standards and codes required for a safe, stable deck are evolving. Though a basic deck install or upgrade might seem simple at first glance, when things go wrong, problems escalate quickly. Here are some common mistakes homeowners make when installing a deck. Read on to learn more about these hazards.
Not Acquiring Proper Permits
Building codes and property regulations associated with decking are updated frequently, so your neighbor’s deck, which was installed 20 years ago, might not be up to code anymore. Most municipalities and counties require permitting for major renovations. Specific rules may vary by area, so check with your local government agencies. For example, you may be unable to build a deck within a certain distance of the property line. While this process can take time, it will save you from paying fines and having to redo your hard work.
Not Considering Deck Size and Location
Ignoring location, size, and shape constraints for your new deck is another common mistake when adding a deck to your home. Not only do you need to consider how much backyard space you have and how much you can allocate to your new deck, but you also need to consider how much deck space you need. If you want to grill and entertain a bunch of people at once, you will likely need a larger deck. You also need to consider the shape of your home and your lot and where the property lines are. You must factor these into your deck design process if your home has a unique shape or limited lot space.
Not Using The Right Materials
With the freezing winters and humid summers in Maryland, it is essential to choose durable materials to withstand the weather conditions. Traditionally, decks are made from wood, which requires a lot of maintenance and is susceptible to pests and damage. On the other hand, vinyl is highly durable and doesn’t require much maintenance. Homeowners often focus on aesthetics when choosing materials, which is important. But, it is also important to focus on the quality of the materials to ensure the entire deck is solid.
Not Trusting the Professionals
Although trying to build a new deck on your own may be tempting, it is generally a bad idea. Unless you have extensive design and construction experience, you may be unaware of the technical challenges of installing a deck. A professional deck contractor will work with you to design the deck that meets your needs, handle the permit process, provide high-quality materials and installation, and ensure everything is up to code. Contact Carroll Landscaping today to get started on your new deck!
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