How to Build a Deck? 

If you want to build the deck yourself, you need to know first what a deck is. A deck is a surface which is flat and is made with the purpose of providing support weight like a floor. Decks are complex load-bearing structures that most often require structural engineering, plans, and permits. Another very important thing to remember when building a deck is the component of decks are code compliant railings. Usually, it is designed elevated from the ground and connected to a particular building but is mostly built by and done outdoors.  


The usual construction of a deck is connected either to a beam architecture, a post or a construction of cantilever, which they usually rely upon the support to be anchored to peers in the ground. One type of a deck is the cantilever deck which mostly will rely on joists on the floor or on the wall of the house. Another type is the typical railing which is usually assembled with structural strength requirements of 200lbs of load force per foot.  

Railings on decks above 30 inches are considered guard rails.  There are also those railings that serve as guardrail, which have a specific building code requirement for both structural strength and height. These are the kinds of decks that are structured and engineered requiring a very experienced specialization in structuring decks.  

A deck is a very delicate structure that actually brings up many construction issues which are very significant in the ensuring safety of all the people surrounding the deck. Like for example, if the decks are not properly waterproofed and flashed, it could at some point be damaged. As a matter of fact, there have been a growing number of deck failures of building a deck in terms of constructing and structuring resulting in a number of death and various critical injuries. 

There are certain things you need to do before starting to build your own deck; first, know the elements of the project require inspection and plan your work according to it. Second, you have to check the building or the homeowner’s association regarding both the permits and building requirements. Third, with the technicalities, you have to plan carefully the size, you have to be sure that you will have enough room for your outdoor furniture and that you’ll have enough room to be able to move around. Fourth, keep in mind always that the decking is usually 5 – ½ inches wide, do not the let the size of the deck narrow the ends of the pieces. And lastly, think of your own design and be creative. 

There are tips also that you can follow in terms of decking like for example, you can start with installing first the ledger for you to provide a reference easier for the rest of the deck. And then following the installing of the footings of the frost. Do not ever forget that you always have to frame the perimeter of the deck with the use of a temporary support. There are different approaches out there and it does not matter what kind of approach or procedure you want to follow when decking, the important thing is you make sure that everyone will be safe and that you are using quality materials. 

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