Two Mistakes People Make When Having Decks Built

Posted on: 9 October 2018

Building a deck is an excellent choice when you want an outdoor space for entertaining or just relaxing in the backyard. However, you must pay careful attention when making decisions regarding materials, design, and other issues to avoid choosing things that will result in expensive repairs and long-term regret. Here are two common errors people make when having decks built and how to avoid them.

Opting for Low-Quality Screws

It costs an average of $7,200 to build a deck, so it's understandable homeowners want to trim expenses whenever and wherever they can. One thing you don't want to skimp on, though, is the quality of the screws used to hold your deck together. It may be tempting to opt for a cheaper or off-brand material since they're only screws, but doing so can lead to a host of problems.

For instance, low-quality screws are more susceptible to outdoor weather, which means they will rust and corrode faster. A wood deck can last up to 20 years but may become rickety a lot sooner than that because of bad screws and fasteners.

If you don't want to end up with a deck that starts falling apart after a few years, opt for high-quality screws made from stainless steel or screws that are specially coated to resist corrosion. You'll get more life out of your deck, which means less money spent on repairs in the long run.

Allowing Piers to Be Built on Unstable Soil

It's common for yards to have uneven grounds, full of slopes and hills. If your backyard isn't entirely level, the builders will typically need to set parts of the deck on posts. This type of construction is called piers because it resembles a boat pier when completed.

The problem here is that not all types of soil can adequately support this type of deck construction. If the soil is unstable or subject to erosion, this can cause the foundation blocks to become dislodged, and the deck collapses.

If you're not sure whether the soil in your backyard is stable enough to support a pier design, have it inspected by a professional. You may need to have the ground leveled or supplemented in some way before you can have your deck built, so be sure to include this additional expense when shopping around for pricing from deck builders.

For more tips on having a deck built or to get a quote, contact a contractor in your area.

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