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Deck Basics

The basics of a deck are fairly simple. They basically consist of frames with decking and rails attached. Of course you have the option of including built-in benches, hot tubs and privacy screens, and multiple levels and pergolas. But overall, the deck basics pretty much remain the same.

Deck Frame

Let’s begin by explaining the frame of a deck. Before the fame can be constructed, you will have to pour your footers and install the posts. Depending on the slope of your foundation and the composition of your soil, you may need to pour in footers to ensure that the deck will never move. If you plan to have increased weight on your deck it may also be a good idea to include footers. Footers are bell-shaped concrete forms that act as anchors for the deck.

In addition to footers, you will also need to install the posts that support the weight of the deck. You have the option of having the posts placed into the concrete or to have them sitting on top of the poured concrete piers. Both ways work well, but some people feel that there is a less likely chance of your posts rotting if they are placed above the concrete.

Once the concrete is done drying and the posts are sturdy, the frame can be built. The post will support most of the frame, but the house also acts as part of the anchor. For this reason, ledger boards are attached to the house and the joists are built out from there and attached to the ledger boards with joist hangers. This process is fairly simple, but very important.

Deck Rails & Posts

It is now time to attach the decking. This part of the process is usually enjoyed by many because it allows you to slowly start to see the deck coming together. However, it is also laborious work and the person doing it will definitely feel it in their knees. Keep in mind, the decking can be constructed of traditional wood or from composite decking.

Once the decking is complete and there is a surface to brush your feet across, it then comes time to build the rails around the decking. Rails are important and mandatory. They are important because they provide barriers so that people don't fall off and also offer a place to lean against and set items on. There are many different rail designs to select from. Some designs are geared toward aesthetics and others offer more in safety.

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Designing a Deck

Designing a Deck
A deck is a popular home improvement that not only adds to the value of your home, but also provides an extra space for enjoying the outdoors. You'll want to carefully consider the design elements that go into your deck. You must think of a deck as a new addition to your house (like a room), one in which you are planning specific use of.

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Pressure Washing Your Deck

Pressure Washing Your Deck
The easiest, most effective way of cleaning dirty, grimy surfaces is with a pressure washer. They are specially designed to remove built-up mold, mildew, dirt and grime and to restore surfaces to like-new condition in a fraction of the time it would take by hand. Pressure washers come in a variety of styles, sizes and additional attachments that can be used for more than just cleaning your deck.

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Working With Deck Builders

Working With Deck Builders
Having a deck installed offers one perk that most home improvements don’t offer. Due to the fact that the addition is outside, you won’t have to interrupt your daily life to accommodate to the installation. You won’t have contractors and materials all over your house and you will not be losing electricity or water at any given point.

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