5 Things to Consider Before Building a Deck

Decks are the most beautiful part of any property because it gives the most amazing views from roof or balcony. A rooftop deck gives spectacular views and a comfortable area to relax and enjoy sunsets or sunrises. Decking enhances the value of your home, however, before building your dream deck there are some important things to consider.

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To build your own decking paradise, there are lots of factors that come into play. The life-span and performance of a deck installation depend on factors like proper fasteners, adequate ventilation, right material specifications and much more. Here are 5 most important considerations before building a deck.

1. Location of your decking

First, you need to plan the location of your decking. There are no specific rules concerning the location of the deck. Depending on the size of your property, you can plan a perfect deck. It is best to choose a location facing south-east or south-west so that you can enjoy in the midday sun and relax during the sunset. If your property is located in a hilly or rural area, make sure your decking provides a natural view.

2. Size & Design

The location and budget of your deck will determine its size and design.

While designing your deck, consider your purpose of building the deck. This includes how you will use the deck, the number of people using the decking at a time, the size furniture, BBQ facility, etc. Moreover, make sure that the deck appears as a natural extension to your house and its design should match the style and architecture of your home.

3. Adequate Ventilation & Drainage

Check that your deck design has appropriate cross ventilation and drainage. Proper ventilation in a deck design is a critical factor in the long-term success of a deck. Improper drainage leads to mold which results in damaging the deck boards. Thus, it is important that the ground underneath the deck is adequately sloped to eliminate standing water under the structure.

4. Select Decking Materials

Another important consideration is the material. While selecting the material don’t just go for the looks as many other factors are equally important, such as durability, affordability, and maintenance.

If durability is your concern, Hardwood Decking of naturally durable timbers like oak, ash, mahogany, and Balau is for you. However, if you’re looking for something more affordable, choose Softwood Decking, such as pine, spruce, cedar. Apart from these two, a new decking choice is Composite Decking. These boards look like wood but are actually a blend of wood fibers with plastic resin. These are low maintenance and durable material, although somewhat expensive.

5. Installing Privacy Fencing and Railing

Rooftop and balcony decks are often visible to neighbor’s garden which means you may need a privacy screen to block the view from the vantage point. Moreover, for higher decks, installing railing is necessary to ensure safety.

Beautiful and well-designed decks are a wonderful way to extend your living room outdoors. However, before you plan and build a deck, it is crucial to consider your decking purpose, choose right deck materials, consider its maintenance, and ensure the best design for your dream deck.


Jeffery D. Silvers
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