Backyard decks are the perfect way to maximize the functionality of your outdoor living space, especially in spring, as the weather gets warmer. They can work for any home, whether they’re big or small. Something not everyone knows about building a deck is that it requires a lot of planning. Many factors have to be considered before and during the installation. If you’re considering installing a deck, here are some things you should consider beforehand.
Since summer is when many social gatherings take place, you want to have your deck ready before that time. That’s why you should install yours in the spring. Decking installations take a lot of time and planning, meaning if you start your installation in the summer, it won’t be ready until we get closer to autumn when the weather isn’t as warm and inviting.
Also, many people like to get decks installed during the summer, so getting a head start in the spring makes it easier to find a deck contractor in your area who’s available.
Consider Laws and Regulations
Building codes and regulations must be respected. Knowing what regulations and codes are in your area will help you determine if you need a permit to install your deck. While every area has slight variance with their rules, decks generally require a permit if they exceed 10×10 and are also at least 2 feet above the ground where it’s placed. Permits are important if you plan to sell your home in the future. Abiding by rules and regulations also ensures your deck is safe to use. If you’re unsure about what regulations are in your area, contact your local decking contractor, and they will inform you.
Determine the Purpose of the Deck
All decks should have a purpose. Are you using yours to entertain people? Is it for relaxing? Whatever your deck’s purpose is will help guide you through the installation process. You’ll get a better idea of what you should use to construct your deck, as well as where it should go and what size it should be. Determining all of this ahead of time helps you map out your ideal deck more easily.
What’s Your Budget?
Knowing how much you’re willing to spend on your deck is a big deal. It will determine what materials you’ll use to construct it and what design you’ll use. A deck contractor can help manage your money so that you’ll be within your budget for your installation. Sometimes, they may even have tips for you that you hadn’t even considered.
Contact Albaugh & Sons
Since 2003, Albaugh & Sons, LLC, has been dedicated to meeting the fencing, decking, and home remodeling needs of homeowners throughout the greater Frederick area. All of our team members are experienced, well-trained, and committed to exceeding the expectations of every customer.