Building a deck takes careful planning and preparation, regardless of whether you are hiring a contractor or completing it as a do-it-yourself project. There are several steps to complete, prior to putting the deck together. You need to make sure to allow ample time to complete each. For do-it-yourself projects, you should allow approximately six total weekends for your decking project. However, if it rains during one of the weekends, your project may have to be put on hold and might extend out a few more weekends.
The first thing you need to do to get started on your deck is to come up with a drawing for your deck. Most decking is elevated off of the ground at least a few inches in order to allow air to flow underneath your decking. This helps prevent problems with the boards cupping, as well as provides mechanical and dimensional stability. You may want to look at design ideas to figure out exactly what aspects you want to incorporate into your deck. Once you have your plan completed, the next step is to decide what materials you want to build the deck from, such as Ipe or Cumaru wood.
After deciding on the materials, you need to mark out the location where the deck is going to be installed. Now measure the length by the width. Also include measurements for railings and stairs, as well as the elevation. This information is needed to determine exactly how much Ipe or Cumaru decking and related materials are going to be needed. We can assist you in this process by contacting us directly. It is always a good idea to add a small percentage of materials, just in case of waste.