The decking man

The decking Man, June 2, 2017

Things to consider before selecting a deck

Adding a deck to your home, business or commercial property is one of the best investments you can make. Decks provide function and form, transforming a dull or under-utilised area into a vibrant space and boosting the overall mood and feel of your property.

Like any investment though, a little bit of planning goes a long way to ensuring you make the best choice. So before rushing ahead, please take a moment to consider the following:

1: What do you want from your deck?

Are you looking to create an outdoor oasis for entertainment? A place for the barbie and beers? Or just a place to laze about and catch the summer sun?

Knowing what your deck will be used for will help you work out questions like how big does it need to be. Your freshly laid deck may feel spacious and grand, but add in outdoor furniture, a table and a BBQ – will you have space to stand?

Spend some time and sketching out where your furniture and anything else you plan on adding might go. When designing, also factor in things like traffic flow, sunlight and areas you would like to keep clear.

Defining a clear purpose and jotting down a vision on paper will help you create a deck perfectly sized, designed and shaped for your needs.

2: DIY or hire a professional?

Our premium composites coupled with our unique and proprietary concealed fastening system makes DIY installing easy (check our installation video here). But if you are time poor or just prefer hired help, make sure you do your homework!

Ensure your tradesman is qualified for the job and has a valid licence. Ensure you receive a written quote detailing the work to be completed and the builders licence number printed on the contract. Find out about their experience and if possible, see examples of their work. Asking the right questions now can avoid some painful conversations later on!

3: Location & Surroundings:

While decks are traditionally installed at the front or rear of properties, this isn’t a hard and fast rule. Factors to consider when deciding the perfect location include:

  • Sunlight/Shade
  • Exposure to the elements
  • The view!
  • Property size
  • Purpose

Regardless of whether you choose a conventional location or something left of centre, pay attention to the surrounding area – does anything need to be addressed?

Sloping or unlevelled terrain can complicate installation loose soil can compromise on the ground stability needed for a long lasting deck. Impossible? No!! but understanding the landscape, soil and weather factors can help you make take the right steps now to avoid problems down the track.

4: Council approval

Find out if you need approval! No if’s, no buts – just do it! Going through the necessary steps with your council to see if you need permission will ensure your outdoor transformation begins on the right foot.

While building permits, codes and other legal requirements can be annoying to deal with, erring on the side of caution means no unexpected letters from the council or an angry knock on the door later on.

5: Budget

Sticking to a budget never goes as planned. Fortunately Brite Composites are maintenance free, significantly reducing your long term costs. However a deck is just one component of your new outdoor space. Minimize your overspend by working out what else you might need:

  • Do you have young children? Have you factored in safety railings?
  • Need privacy screenings to help create your own little sanctuary?
  • Do you need new lighting to create the ambience you are dreaming of?

With a little bit of planning and the right advice it’s easy to create the deck you’ve always wanted. And if you are feeling a bit stuck or have a question just give us a call and our team of experts will do what we can to help guide you through the decking experience.