5 Things Before You Get a Deck

by | Jun 8, 2018 | Construction and Maintenance

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Summer is in full swing again. Want to enjoy a bit of barbeque? A backyard deck may be the perfect spot for those barbecue parties with friends and family.

Here’s what you need to know.

DIY or pro?

This renovation project involves a lot of hammering and sawing, the DIY Network warns. Be honest about your do-it-yourself chops. If you don’t have the tools or skills to get the job done, then look for companies that build decks in Bellevue. That’s a good place to start.

Know your budget

Your budget will influence your hiring decisions along with the materials and design of the project. If it’s a bit more complicated than most, expect longer completion times and higher costs. If you want something basic and simple, that should keep your expenses low.

Ask about codes

Ask your contractors about local building codes that may affect the project before the construction work begins. And if you need permits, ask your contractor if they’re going to do that for you.

Use bolts

Problems with the ledgers are one of the most common reasons for deck failures. Make sure that doesn’t happen to you. Check if your contractors use bolts—instead of nails—to properly secure the ledgers to your house. The ledger board must be attached to your house framing and never over to your siding. Otherwise, you could end up dealing with a failed deck.

Read the contract

Don’t sign up with any companies that build decks in Bellevue until you’ve read the contract. Go over all the terms and conditions. Do they seem fair? This is also a good time to raise any questions or concerns you may have. The contract must also contain all the necessary information, from payment options and arrangements to start and end dates.

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