KeyPatio.pro is a deck building company based in Honey Brook. As one of the finest deck contractors, we strive to deliver beautiful outdoor decks. We are fully licensed and insured to work in Honey Brook. Our company prides itself on providing quality craftsmanship, excellent customer service, and building a personal relationship with our clients that continues even after your project is completed. Our company will work closely with you through every step of the design and construction process in order to create a customized outdoor living space that suits your needs. With our attention to detail, you can be assured that your project will be completed above and beyond your expectations.
We are the professional Honey Brook custom deck builder that you can reach out to for all of your deck building needs. You may have plans to renovate an existing deck or to build a new deck from the ground up in your yard. Whether you have the desire to construct a small, uncovered deck or an elaborate, multi-level deck with custom features, we can help you to bring your vision to life with remarkable results. We want to give you an outdoor space that adds value and function to your home.
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Although aluminum railings have become more and more popular in recent years, many people still prefer the look of a wooden railing for their outdoor deck. If you are planning to build a wood railing for your deck or have a contractor build a wood railing for you, here are some tips and suggestions to help you build a better, longer lasting railing.
Many deck builders will use 2x2 lumber pickets for constructing their wood railings. They look great when first installed, but unfortunately 2x2 pickets tend to warp and twist out of control over the years. Depending on the environmental conditions of the area you live in, 2x2 pickets can look terrible in as little as one season! One of the tricks to building a long lasting, good looking wood railing is to use 2x4 lumber for pickets.
Another great advantage to choosing 2x4 for pickets is the cost difference. Most of the home building centers offer pre-cut ballusters for deck railings at a higher price than the equivalent length of 2x4 lumber. You'll need to cut your own lengths from longer pieces, but it's well worth the cost savings and durability gains.
Furthermore, if you choose 2x4 lumber for pickets, you actually don't need to use any 4x4 posts to achieve the railing strength required by code in most places. Double check with your local building codes before proceeding this way.
Simply start with a 2x4 picket bolted to the deck frame in each spot where you would normally locate a 4x4 post (usually spaced at 6 feet maximum). These will replace the main 4x4 posts of the railing, so you should use through-bolts to secure these to the rim joist of the deck, and reinforce the rim joists against twisting. Make sure these starting pickets are perfectly plumb before proceeding.
Next, attach a horizontal rail along the top of the main pickets, and attach a top cap (the surface of the railing). All that remains is to fill in the spans between the main pickets with more 2x4's spaced evenly. The rest of the pickets can be screwed rather than bolted. The result is a much stronger railing that will last longer without warping and twisting.
Remember not to exceed the maximum allowed space between pickets, as per the local building codes (usually 4 inches maximum). Also remember to observe the minimum railing height required in the local building code. The railing height required will change depending how high off the ground your deck is.
How to Build a Deck - 5 Considerations for Building a Wood Deck
Building a wood deck around an above-ground pool not only enhances the enjoyment of the pool, it improves the looks, as well. It provides a place to sit and take in the sun between dips and helps keep the pool cleaner. But exactly how does one go about building a deck around a pool? This article will give you some pointers.
There are two aspects that make building a deck around an above ground pool tricky. The first challenge is that you're building a square deck around a circular shaped object. Lumber comes only in straight and rectangular shapes. You can't go out and buy a curved board.
The second challenge is that you're building a deck unattached to any structure. Most decks are bolted to an existing structure, like a house. This requires the inclusion of extra bracing to keep the deck from toppling over.
When it comes to designing a deck around a round pool, you have a couple of choices. One is build a square deck with a round hole in the middle to accommodate the pool. This design is easier to build as the framing members are all going the same direction. The deck boards, running perpendicular to the framing, are also going the same direction.
The other design option is to build your deck in an octagonal or hexagonal shape. This design is more aesthetically pleasing as it "follows" the shape of the pool more closely. This type of design is more complicated to build, so if you lack experience, it will take longer to build than the more traditional square deck.
One cool idea is to build a deck around your pool and also attach it to your house. This way your swimmers can go directly to the pool without going through the yard picking up loose grass and dirt with their wet feet.
The first step for either design is to assemble the pool where you want it located. Make sure you have the necessary room between the pool and any obstacles to build the deck. If you're attaching the deck to your home, make sure the deck is no higher than the top of the pool.
Build a square deck just like you would a normal square deck. When a support beam or floor joist is terminated by the pool, just hold the member back an inch or two and provide some kind of support for it.
Run the deck boards like you would on a normal deck, but trim them back an inch or two from the pool side wall. Don't leave a gap larger than 2" as this can become a hazard for little feet.
To build an octagonal or hexagonal deck, you're going to divide the area around the pool into either six (for hexagonal shaped decks) or eight (octagonal shaped decks) sections of equal size. You will run support beams out away from the pool perpendicular to the pool side.
Then fill in each area with short joists running away from the pool. Lastly, attach the deck boards across the joists and "parallel" to the pool side.
Don't forget to add railing if the deck is 30" or higher than the ground. And steps to the yard can also be convenient.