Looking to add a deck to your Northern California home? We know the work it takes to plan a building project. With all the variables to consider, it’s easy to let some things go by the wayside. Here are a few things you don’t want to forget before you begin building your own deck.
- Plan for a permit – First things first: make sure you stay up-to-date with local building codes. Many homeowners are surprised to find that building a deck requires a permit, but neglecting this crucial step can lead to some nasty fines. Requirements will vary by region, so check to see if your deck will exceed the maximum dimensions for unpermitted construction in Napa, Marin, Sonoma, or wherever you are planning to build.
- Invest in high quality fasteners – Don’t make the mistake of penny-pinching when it comes to choosing screws. While they may be the smallest component of the construction process, low-quality screws can destroy a new deck through corrosion and discoloration. Instead, choose stainless-steel or coated screws that are made to secure pressure-treated wood and prevent corrosion.
- Explore your options in decking materials – These days homeowners have more material options than ever before. If you’re looking for something classic, pressure-treated redwood and cedar are excellent choices. However, while wood is natural and easy to install, it’s important to remember that it’s also more prone to rotting, splintering, or warping, and may require an annual cleaning. If you do choose wood, avoid dark woods for decks exposed to the sun for the majority of the day as they tend to heat up faster than lighter colored decks. For something a little more modern and easy to maintain, consider composite or vinyl decking.
- Map the layout – First of all, ask yourself how your deck layout can make the most of both the space and view that your backyard affords. First instance, for a bigger deck in a nonsymmetrical backyard space, considering constructing several levels that accommodate the landscape. Not only are deck levels more space efficient, they also create a pleasant division of décor that add a heightened sense of interest and comfort.
- Choose railings – Most local codes require railings on decks that are over 18-24 inches. If this is the case for your deck, explore your options. You could install glass, vinyl, metal, wood, composites, cabling, or anything else that catches your fancy. Make a statement with brightly colored or unconventionally designed railing selection, or choose a more traditional option that helps tie your decorating scheme together more seamlessly.
- Plan for shade – Make your deck versatile in all types of weather by adding some overhead shelter. Consider installing a fabric canopy, pergola, or outdoor umbrella for relief from the sun.
Ready to enjoy Northern California’s beautiful weather on a deck of your own? Get the building project started by contacting Annadel Builders, Inc. today at (707) 579-6282 or [email protected].