What You Need to Know about Building a Deck

After you Create a Deck Design and Prepare a Building Plan!


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Many of our treasured deck building secrets are to be found on these pages and the photographs often link to more details that will help you build your own deck that will last for many years. Once you have approved a final design, you must list all the timber, screws, bolts, and other material you will require to build your deck, and place your order with a timber yard. Make sure you deal with a company that is experienced with decking timber, and can provide a 15 - 25 year guarantee. You can then write down a list of the tools that you are likely to require for building your new deck - and don't forget the heavy duty tools and equipment, if there is some special construction work.



Recommended Tools

Heavy Equipment is sometimes needed!You will require at the very least:

  1. a drill,
  2. a cross-cut saw or two,
  3. screwdrivers,
  4. set square,
  5. spades,
  6. spirit level,
  7. tape measure,

...and a lot of energy! Your tools are very important, when building a deck — especially if parts of it are a little complicated — and the more powerful, and the better quality your tools, the easier and better the job. This is why a professional decking builder spends tens of thousands of pounds on tools and equipment; they are required to make the job perfect.

Hire The Heavy Building Equipment

There are times in your life when digging hard ground with a spade is just too much hard work; that is when it is time to call in the heavy building equipment.

You can hire all types of tools for a day or two, and they can make your life more pleasant, because they will complete the job in hours rather than days or even weeks! It is most important to completely prepare the ground for your decking before the timber arrives, and once again this is where planning at the design stage is a great asset, because much of the ground soil and rocks you move can possible be used elsewhere in the garden. Making a rockery, perhaps!


Foundation Supports For Garden Decking

Nothing spoils a new deck more than weeds growing through cracks in its boards, so before you start clear all vegetation and turf from the area and spray weed repellent. Your decking boards and timber for posts and supports can be bulky and take up a lot of room. Make sure that you have somewhere to store them before delivery, and also ensure there is working space around the timber. You often have to sort through your timber in order to find exactly the right piece, and then it has to be cut to size! Next, you must compact and level the ground. To allow for drainage, you can leave a gentle slope towards the outer edge of the deck. Finally, lay a weed-suppressing membrane over the ground.

The stronger your foundations for the garden decking, the more substantial and long-lasting your deck. It will also be much safer for the family and children, and will required less maintenance or repairs in the future.


How To Build Your Garden Decking

When you build a raised deck or high decking, there are extra building details that you must be aware of, including strong supports. There are many extra features that you can consider building into your decking, and they not only make it more functional, but enhance the overall appearance. You may need to include steps and stairs, or even a long ramp for safety; all of these features have to be considered at the design stage.

Your decking posts have to be secured in concrete, then a series of beams are fastened to the posts; these form the foundations of you deck. You then have a network of joists and noggins to hold the decking boards, which can be laid in all manner of patterns. Take a look in the design gallery to see some different patterns.

How to build a Circular DeckThe tendency for the DIY decking builder is to lay the decking boards parallel to the building, because it is the simplest and most cost effective method. However, with a little bit of planning you can pattern your decking boards to create a most effective and attractive design.

Your decking boards are easy to cut and shape with the right tools, and if you have a good design, they are easy to lay and screw in position for a lifetime of use.

A more complicated design is illustrated in the photograph on the left: A circular deck! This is not easy for the DIY or inexperienced decking builder, but it can make your garden the best in your neighbourhood.

If you would like me to design and build a shaped or circular deck, complete the simple form on this page: Please click here for patterned decking.

I have been designing and building decks for over 10-years, and all the secrets I have learned in that time are now available in book form for the self-builder.


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