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Preparing For Building a Deck

If you happen to be on the market for a new deck, it will surely help to know how to prepare yourself. Having a new deck built is an exciting time because it will be an enhancement to your house and an extra place for the family to enjoy them selves. However, there are a few things that you need to prepare for before your deck can be built.

One of the first things that you will need to consider is the decking materials. There will need to be a route for the materials to be delivered through. There may be only one way to get to your yard or you may have options. Be sure to figure out the best route and discuss it with your decking contractors before they start to unload the materials.

You will also need to decide on where you would like the materials to be placed. The framing materials, the actual decking materials and the railing materials will need to be placed somewhere in your yard so that the decking contractors can get to them easily. Your yard is important though so be sure to pick a place that is not only close to where the deck will be built, but also in an area that you won’t mind having damaged. Perhaps the best place would be an area that doesn’t receive much shade or an area where grass is hard to grow.

Be sure to remove any items that may get in the way of the building process. You want to avoid having any personal property damaged while your deck is being constructed. This may mean moving bikes, tables, chairs, flower pots, and grills out of the way. Moving your belongings out of the way will not only protect your property, but it will also make the building process easier and faster for the contractors.

Before the building process begins, you may want to ask your contractor if there is anything that you can do anything to help out. Expect the contractors to need access to your hose and to an electrical outlet, but there may be other ways you can help as well. It never hurts to ask because it may be beneficial to your relationship with your contractor.

Lastly, keep in mind that if you are having a natural wood deck installed, you will have to wait before you can stain or treat it. Generally, 4-6 weeks is needed to let the sun even out the color of the wood. After that process has completed, you can stain it. It’s often a good practice to let your lawn grow long before you treat your deck. This way the long grass will protect itself from the damages of the overspray from the stain. Once you have finished treating the deck you can cut the lawn.

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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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