Outdoor Deck Building
Outdoor deck building is not a task for the faint of heart. While the luxury and beauty of a gorgeous outdoor deck appeals to many, the work involved might turn away some homeowners. That being said, the functionality and style of an outdoor deck is worth every bit of effort and care taken when planning and executing the build. With your friends at Beach Floors, you can rest easy knowing the job is in trustworthy and capable hands.
In the initial stages of planning to build an outdoor deck, the layout must be considered. The ground where the deck will be placed should be level and the area will be mapped out to indicate the location of the footings. This will be used as a foundation for the deck. Holes will be dug with professional equipment to suit them for footings and tubing forms will be placed inside. Once these are levelled and post anchors have been cemented into them, the process of building the deck can begin.
Once the foundation has been laid the framing beams will be attached to the post anchors. The beams will be aligned and squared to give a strong foundation for the deck. Next, the rim joists will be attached to the ends of the beams, and angle brackets will be added to strengthen the corners. Inner joists should then be added to the inside beam faces with joist hangers. The decking will be added to the top of this structure, perpendicular to the joists. The edge of the first row should be aligned to the outside edge of the beam, then 2 fasteners will be driven through the boards into the centre of each joist about 1 inch from the edge of each board. This process is then repeated for each row until the deck is covered.
A better appearance is achieved when each alternating row of decking is staggered. Once the entirety of the deck floor is laid, the edges of the boards will be cut back flush to give them a uniform appearance. This will complete a simple deck that is not attached to a house.
If a homeowner is planning to attach an elevated deck to a house they might find themselves with a bit more of a headache. Several more steps will be necessary in these cases such as adding a ledger board to the house, plumbing the posts (which will be much longer to accommodate the added height, weight and leverage of the elevated floor), building temporary support beams for the posts to facilitate building, attachment of the beams to the posts with post caps and installing railings. These builds can get even more complex with the addition of structures like stair cases, stair landings and even roofing. Each of these processes is even more involved than the simple structure outlined above and is likely to require the consultation of an expert or some experience or education in construction.
If you’re looking for help having a deck built or repaired, or having hardwood or laminate floors installed, sanded or polished, get in touch with us and we’ll be happy to share our time, expertise, products or service.
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