There is nothing like an expanse of decking in your front or back gardens, and they are so versatile, used for entertaining, eating dinner outside or simply relaxing and enjoying the view. However, decking is something that doesn’t just magically appear and to ensure that you get a deck that you love and that will last the test of time, there are some things you need to know before the building process even gets underway. If you have any further questions or want more advice, just speak to your local decking supplier
One: Get Council Permission
If you are considering building a deck on your property, the first thing that you should do is contact your local council and find out if you’ll need to obtain permits or approvals before you can begin the construction process. Each council area is different, which is why it’s important to check with them first, but generally, you’ll need approval if your deck is more than one metre off the ground or if it is larger than 10m2.
Two: Set Your Budget
Building a deck can be an expensive endeavour but that doesn’t mean that you should try building as cheaply as you can. You want your new deck to last for years, and preferably decades before it even shows sign of decay or wearing so budget to use high quality materials and for good labour if you are having the deck built for you. Research the standard costs for decks made from differing materials and add a small buffer to allow for any unexpected costs during the building process.
Three: Find a Deck Builder
Building a deck can be a rewarding and challenging DIY project - but depending on its size and where you live you may be legally required to get a licensed professional in. A deck builder
will happily take charge of the project from go to whoa, designing the deck, getting council approval, constructing the deck, and ensuring that it’s built to Australian standards and regulations. Using a professional is also a good idea from a safety point of view - you don't want it collapsing!
Four: Choose Decking Materials
Before you build your deck, decide what material you want it made from. Your choices will generally be timber (hardwood or treated pine), PVC, or wood composite. Each material has its own pros and cons so it’s important that you research each material before making your final choice. Timber decks have unmatched beauty but you do need to maintain them regularly. PVC and wood composite decks are extremely low maintenance and long lasting and are designed to imitate the look of timber.
Five: Get the Size and Height Right
Finally, it’s important to design the deck correctly, especially when it comes to its size and height. Size wise, do you want a deck for entertaining all your friends, or just for having a coffee and enjoying your garden? Build a deck that will comfortably fit all activities you want to use it for! Decks can be built at ground level or at varying levels off the ground but if your deck is a certain height off the ground, you’ll need railings or balustrades to stop people pitching off the end of the deck and potentially hurting themselves. Decks are commonly built level with the entry to the home.
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