UNDERSTANDING DECK CONSTRUCTION, BY MIKE FOURNIER, TULSA
A well-designed deck provides a place for backyard barbeques and just lounging about. Although you may have the skill and knowledge to build a deck, hiring Mike Fournier at Sonrise Construction is a sure way to get the deck you envision. So, DIY or hiring a professional, it helps to know what to expect before you commence the project.
Building a deck may require you to obtain a permit from your local municipality. So, you or your professional must research the codes and obtain the proper permits. This can save you time and money at the beginning of the process. You don't want to find out it is not up to code after all the work has been done. If you hire Mike with Sonrise Construction, he will ensure that the necessary permits are obtained. If you choose to DIY, permits are your responsibility.
Next for consideration is the amount of materials that will be required for the project, for example, concrete, screws, stain, lighting (if needed), trim pieces, balusters, and decking.
Concrete for the footers for your deck - the size of the deck will determine the concrete you need. A basic, single level deck may allow you to buy precast concrete footers. But, if anchor support posts are called for, you will need to get bags of concrete mix. If the deck is large and multi-level, a concrete pro might be necessary to be certain the deck is properly supported.
Next, when choosing screws, stainless steel or coated screws resist corrosion. If you are going for a polished look, hidden fasteners are an option - - however they're expensive.
Decking is next in line. Cedar wood is the selection of most homeowners. It offers pressure treated supports and framing underneath, plus it is the least costly option, and durable. If your budget allows, composite decking looks great and requires very little maintenance. Last, tropical hardwoods or redwood serve well in a very wet climate - they are expensive and very durable.
Lighting options or lighting requirements are next on the agenda. A multi-level deck that has steps may require lighting to illuminate the stairs. Your local municipality can advise you on the code for lighting.
Staining and sealing your deck - if you use cedar lumber - are costs that you need to include in the budget. Post caps, base trim, and decorative balusters are finishing touches that you need to consider also. For stain, bear in mind that cheaper stain yields cheaper results. How much stain you want to apply and how often you intend to re-apply it are factors as well. A higher quality stain will protect the deck from mold and mildew. At a minimum, seal your pressure treated deck with a water sealant.
Now that you know what is required to construct your deck, hiring Mike Fournier with Sonrise Construction to complete the project is your best option. He can help you identify the best plan, get the required permits, and deliver the finished product - - the deck you've always wanted. Call Mike at 918-357-7777 to arrange a consultation.