What to Know Before Building Your Summer Deck

Summer is here! There are so many things to love about summer, but a favourite is sitting on your deck with a cold one, hanging with your friends pumping out the BBQ deliciousness. But what if you don’t have a deck or you have a teeny tiny one that barely holds one person? Now's the time to build a new one!
 
But wait! Before you get started, there are a few things you need to know. Building a deck isn’t as easy as hammering a few boards together. You need to get all your ducks in a row before you start.
 
Make a Plan
We know you’re excited to get started, but take a few days to look online and get some inspiration. Check out plans and guides of model homes so you know what your deck should look like. Map out the design including any stairs, special railings, built-in seating or planters before you start.
 
You’ll need measurements on how large your deck will be and where exactly it'll be placed. Take a look at your yard at a few different times in the day to see where both the shade and sun hit.
 
Research which materials and finishes will work the best for the weather in your area. Some woods and paints can withstand direct heat, while others are better for snow or rain. You can then decide if you want an all wood deck or if it’s worth including a few stone panels or even glass or water features. Get advice from a local handyman service or store about what finishes will look best paired with your home and which will withstand the elements.
 
Get Your Permits
Check with your local city hall to see if you need to get permits for work on your yard. Some require it for any work, while others have rules about how big or how close to the property line you can build something. You also need to make sure your deck won’t be blocking any sewage drains or buried power lines that may need to be dug up.
 
Set Your Budget
You not only need to budget your costs but also your time. Don’t get too carried away and put yourself in debt for a large deck. Also, know how much time you have. Working for only an hour or two every day will likely mean a few weeks (or maybe even months!) before you can enjoy your deck. If you have it in your budget, you may want to hire a contractor or professional handyman service to build it for you — or at least part of it.
 
Collect Everything You Need
Enlist (or bribe with burgers and beer!) a few friends or neighbors to come over and help out with the general labor to make the project go faster. If they have their own tools, that’s even better.
 
Once you have your plan in place and everyone knows what to do, it’s time to collect your materials and everything else you'll need to get building. Buy or borrow items like saws and levels which you may not already own but will need for this project. Order your Hercules Dolly panel carrier (don’t forget we offer free shipping!) to make the transporting of your panels so much easier. Just make sure you have everything ready to go before you start. You don’t want anything to stop you once you get going!
 
We wish you the best of luck and hope you enjoy your wonderful deck! Check back often or contact us for more inspiring tips and sound advice from your friends here at Hercules Dolly.

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