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Topic by nate22 posted 05-26-2011 09:38 PM 4309 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-26-2011 09:38 PM

I am thinking of tearing my old deck off of my house and building a new one. My question is what are some of the things I should consider when building it. And do any of you guys now where to get good deck plans on the internet. Thanks for any advice ahead of time.

-- Nathan, Middlebury, In. www.knfurniture.blogspot.com

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05-27-2011 06:22 PM

As far as deck plans, go to timbertech’s website. (www.timbertech.com) It will allow you to design a basic deck, give you all of the materials (You can actually just figure for 16’ boards and then you will know what wood boards to get in place of composite, should you want wood.)

eplans has a few, as well, I think.

What you should consider now?

1. do you want bigger or smaller?

2. Does the current framing support what you have and is there a need to actually remove the framing. This may reduce costs if you are keeping the same size and such. Generally, your framing, if done right, will outlast the decking and railing.

3. you will be using the new treated would for your current build, so, do not use anything that is aluminum with it. The new treated lumber will eat through aluminum within months. This could be very bad. Galvanized exterior screws/nails or coated exterior screws are the best. (Stainless Steel is great as well)

4. do you want to upgrade to composite or all vinyl/plastic deck boards? Weigh the extra cost to the fact that both of these options have little maintenance required. Although, composite material does have a bit more and will be hotter during the summer, where as vinyl/plastic will have the least maintenance and be cooler to walk on in the summer. You will have to decide if there is enough savings from the maintenance you would have on wood to justify the cost of the material upfront.

Those are some of the things I have my customers look at when designing their deck, or building there deck.

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06-05-2018 01:43 PM

Lowes has great tips on how to build a deck: https://www.lowes.com/projects/porch-deck-and-patio/build-a-deck-design-and-layout/project
Before starting the job you need to consider the size you want your deck to be and make sure that the size allows you to be comfortable and move around in your yard.

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08-10-2018 03:30 AM

I’m thinking that you may want to consider if you’re going to use the area underneath your deck as storage. If so, then you will need to have a good waterproofing plan to ensure that you’re are getting your items as properly protected from the elements when your project is completed. Just a thought! Good luck!

-- Thomas Maloney: http://supercheapselfstorage.com.au/facilities/brisbane/south-brisbane/

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