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Add Value to Your Home with a Wood Deck

Jun 5, 2008
Beautiful wood decks bring out the natural glory in a house and add to its value. If you're looking to build your own deck, make sure you have a basic knowledge of construction. Stability is essential, since an unstable deck is not only unsightly but unsafe, as well. You have to be well prepared before you start to construct a deck. With the right knowledge and help, anyone can build a great wood deck onto their house.

First, research the zoning laws where you live. This will determine what you can and can't build. Some areas are more restrictive than others. You'll want to make sure that your dream deck won't have to be removed because it violates zoning ordinances. Building codes also may dictate what kinds and dimensions of wood you must use. Be thoroughly aware of all applicable codes and laws before you buy anything.

From cinder blocks, caulking compound and joist hangers to a shovel, wheelbarrow and hammer, you'll need a lot of construction components and tools to build a deck. Make sure that you have a design plan already laid out before you begin. It's important to be knowledgeable about all your tools and materials so that your deck is built properly. If you have trouble with something, ask for assistance. You might already know someone who can help you out of a jam when you're putting up the joists.

After you've built your deck, you'll need to learn about deck cleaning and staining. These two processes go hand-in-hand to make your deck beautiful. Deck cleaning is more important after the initial staining, but you should learn about it beforehand. Different types of deck cleaners are available; make sure you know what you need. When you start your yearly maintenance routine, you'll need different deck cleaners for different areas of your deck. Oxygen bleach cleaners remove dirt, debris and old stain, while oxalic acid remove tannins.

Once you've cleaned the deck, you're ready to stain it. Semi-transparent stains bring out the natural beauty of the wood grain while protecting the wood from the elements. Do not attempt to cut costs with cheap products. Spend a little more money on a name-brand stain and you'll see the difference. Completely rinse any deck cleaners from the wood before applying the stain. Let the deck dry for a few days, then get out the paintbrush and roller and stain your deck. When the stain dries, you're ready to break out the grill and invite your friends over for the evening.

Always inspect for any rotting wood or loose boards. Take care of these problems as soon as you find them. Replace bad wood and put new nails into loose boards. This prevents accidents and keeps your deck in top shape.

Whether you have a deck professionally built or you build it yourself, a well-maintained deck is the centerpiece of any backyard gathering. Wood decks are one of the treasures of a home and can provide years of enjoyment. Proper maintenance is essential to keeping beautiful wood decks pristine. As long as you take care of your deck, you'll add beauty and value to your home.
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