UNDERSTANDING DECK CONSTRUCTION, BY MIKE FOURNIER, TULSA
A skillfully planned deck offers a backyard location for family gatherings and relaxation. Constructing a deck calls for knowledge and experience—which is exactly what Mike Fournier with Sonrise Hardscaping has! If you DIY or hire Mike, it helps to know what is involved with the project.
Most likely, you will have to get permits from your local government before you start the construction. It will be necessary to become knowledgeable about building codes in your locality. Getting the permits upfront will save you headaches and expense later on. Mike with Sonrise Hardscaping is experienced in codes and permits, and he will make sure that the required permits are secured. On the other hand, if you decide to DIY, permits are strictly your responsibility.
So, what materials do you need for the deck construction? Concrete, screws, stain, lighting (as needed, trim pieces, balusters, and decking for starters.
The size of your deck is the determining factor for the amount of concrete you will need for the footers. If your deck is basic, single level, you may only need to purchase precast concrete footers. Anchor support posts may be needed and that will mean you will need to purchase bags of concrete mix. A concrete professional may be necessary (Mike with Sonrise Hardscaping will arrange the pro) if your deck is large and multi-level. You want to be sure the deck is properly supported.
So, going down the list – next is screws; stainless steel or coated screws are resistant to corrosion. Hidden fasteners will present a more polished look—and they are expensive.
For decking, cedar wood is what many homeowners opt for. With its pressure treated supports and framing underneath, it is the most affordable option and besides, it is durable. Composite decking is another option—it needs little maintenance, looks great, and is expensive. Another expensive alternative is tropical hardwoods or redwood. They do quite well in a wet climate, plus they are durable.
For your deck’s lighting, a multi-level deck that has steps may require the steps to be illuminated. Your local municipality can give you the guidance you need on lighting.
For staining and sealing the deck - cedar lumber will need to be stained and sealed. For stain, consider that bargain-basement stain produces bargain-basement results. Mike Fournier can advise you on the correct stain to purchase, how much you will need to apply, and how often to re-apply it. The deck must be protected from mold and mildew—a higher quality stain will provide the protection that is needed. A water sealant will help to protect your pressure-treated deck. For the finishing touches, you will need to consider post caps, base trim, and decorative balusters.
Contact Mike Fournier at Sonrise Hardscaping with assistance on your deck construction project. He has the skill and experience needed to design, obtain proper permits, and deliver the deck of your dreams. Call Mike at 918-357-7777 to schedule a consultation.