Are You Ready to Build Your Own Deck Build Project?
The first step in your DIY deck project journey is to decide if you’re really ready for it. The deck building process will vary. Are you looking to extend your existing deck? Are you looking to revamp your existing deck? Or, maybe you’re building a brand new outdoor living space?
THE DECK SUBSTRUCTURE
Whether you are refinishing an existing deck, or building one from start, before your build, you should consider the following for your substructure:
Will you need to build a new substructure from scratch?
Do you have an existing substructure you’ll refinish?
Or, are you planning a bit of both by extending your deck?
Have you fully inspect your substructure to ensure it is structurally sound?
Check for correct joist spacing and blocking, ensure there is no presence of mold, mildew, or rot, loose or rusted fasteners, or bent or damaged joists
Plan your Design & Shape
What shape deck will you build? (Note: Your deck’s height and shape may determine whether you need a building permit).
Will your deck need a railing (read further below)?
Some question you must ask before going forward:
Are you able to adhere to local building codes and secure a permit required by your municipality?
Will your deck have any complex features, and are you able to install those features?
Do you have and are you comfortable using the tools you’ll need to build your own deck?
Will you have someone to assist you in the build?
Choose the Right DIY Decking Materials
As far as the highest-performance DIY decking materials go, we recommend composite decking for the flooring. While we do not offer this product, please reach out to use for recommendations.
For the Deck Railings:
Railing options and considerations:
There’s no deck project that would be complete without railing. S&L Spindles Railing Materials are designed with the utmost quality and design, meaning peace of mind and minimal maintenance for you.
Ensure Your Deck Will Adhere to Code-Related Railing Requirements
If your deck is below 30” off the ground, it likely will not require a railing. If your deck is higher than 30” at any point in the design, then that section will require a railing for residential code compliance and safety. As always, we strongly recommend you check with your local municipality building codes for railing requirements.
Even if your deck height does not require a railing, you may still choose to install a railing as a design element or for practical reasons like keeping individuals from stepping off into your deck’s exquisitely landscaped perimeter.
DIY Considerations for Your Railing
The S&L Railing Catalog offers numerous railing options, and additional deck building materials. From the modern Moulded Railing to the beautifully crafted New England Railing designs, all of our options are affordable and made of the highest quality standards.