A deck can be a great addition to any home. It gives homeowners and visitors a way to sit outdoors comfortably, and it adds value and visual appeal to a home. They can be surprisingly easy to build and install as well. Although there are some very elaborate decks that look like they required days of work and the help of at least a few independent contractors, there are other deck building options that are actually very simple. These quick, easy and even eco-friendly solutions can help you build your own deck even if you don’t have a lot of money, training or experience. Many of these options are even ecologically friendly, meaning that you will be doing a small part to help the environment as you improve your home.
Building a Simple Deck
A simple deck can be built by just about anybody with some knowledge of construction. In its most basic form, a deck is just a raised platform made from planks of wood. There is usually a small set of stairs leading down onto the lawn, and there may be a railing if a deck is a little higher off the ground. Most decks these days are made from pressure-treated wood, usually fir that is treated with insecticides and anti-rot agents and is designed to be long-lasting. This type of wood is surprisingly inexpensive (about $2.35 per square foot if you only want the materials), and the treatments are safe should the wood be burned.
A simple deck is obviously very easy to build compared to other decks, but it will still take you some time. You will need enough wood to get the job done, concrete mix, enough space in your yard, and tools such as a circular saw to cut the wood and a shovel to dig out the foundation. If you work diligently on this project you should be able to complete it in less than two weeks, even if you don’t have a lot of help.
Although pressure-treated wood is the norm for modern decks, many homeowners opt to use composite wood instead. This is made from a combination of wood waste and recycled plastic, making it an eco-friendly option. Not only does this material help the environment by cutting down on waste, it will last longer than regular wood and be more resistant to rot and water damage. Those who want a natural look to their wooden decks don’t have to worry about appearances, either. At a glance, composite wood looks no different from regular wood.
Those who want to restore an old deck or give it a new look without putting in a lot of work or spending a lot of money should consider using interlocking deck tiles. These tiles are easy to install and come in a variety of styles. They will have a different look than standard planks of wood, but it will also have a cleaner, more modern look. If that’s what you are after for your home, you should definitely give this option some consideration. Check out the hardware stores and contractors in your area for more information on the various types of tile that may be available to you. As a bonus, these tiles use much less wood and far fewer chemicals, making them an eco-friendly option for installing or repairing a deck.
This article was written by Chase Roberts, earth-conscious deck and window replacement expert. If you’re renovating or building your home, and would like help with all your window selection and installation needs, Chase highly recommends the services of Houston Window Experts. New windows make for a more energy efficient home, good for the environment and good for your wallet.