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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Part of the fun of a new deck is the planning! When you plan your deck, you can let your imagination run wild and add all kinds of fun features. As your planning process moves forward, you can whittle down your design to a more practical (and buildable) plan. Planning a new deck can be as simple as a few sketches, or as complete as a blueprint. You can have an architect or designer create plans for you, or you can do it yourself. Also, there are many new software programs available to make planning easier.
Before you start planning your deck, you may want to browse through some
magazines for ideas. You can also search the Internet for photos of existing decks
to give you some better ideas. There are also entire books written specifically for
decks and deck building. They usually have hundreds of full-color photos to help
you decide what features you want to add to your deck.
So the first place to start, is to measure the area you have available for your new
deck. This is sometimes easier if you have a long tape measure; a 50 foot long tape
measure is usually best for a project like this. Using wooden stakes, hammer them
into the ground at the corners of your deck. This will help you visualize where your
new deck will be. It's a lot easier to move wooden stakes around, then to change the
layout while building your deck.
As you stake out your new deck, take into consideration any changes in elevation.
You may want to consider a multi-level deck, areas for steps, or special task areas
on your deck. Task areas may include things like a wet bar, a place for a grill, or
even a private sitting area. These special task areas are what will make your new
Once you have your deck staked out in its final position, you will want to draw some
final plans. You can take these plans to your local home center or building supply
store, and they can create a materials list for you. You will also need a set of plans if
you need a building permit for your deck. Most townships or municipalities require
building permits for a new deck. They will want to have one or two sets of plans
submitted with the building fee. The more professional your plans look, the easier it
will be for you to get approval to build your new deck.
Once you have your final building permit and your plans all finished, it's time to
start building your deck. The next series of articles will cover building your deck
from start to finish.
How to Build a Deck - 5 Considerations for Building a Wood Deck
Perhaps the most important consideration in choosing the lumber species to use for exterior decking is the durability characteristics of the lumber to be used. Unfortunately this is not a precise science as wood is a natural species, with significant variations even within the same species. For example a species grown in one country may have significantly different durability characteristics to the same species grown in another country. This may be due to more rapid growth, harvesting at an earlier age or to a lesser extent, differences in processing. Furthermore, similar species may have sub-species which could exhibit totally different durability characteristics.
Due care should be taken that any wood does not contain the outside sapwood. Sapwood of most hardwood species is non durable and will decay quite rapidly even if the heartwood itself is rated as highly durable. With some cypress species in particular, the sapwood is prone to decay extremely quickly. Fortunately sapwood is generally a lighter color, so can be reasonably easily distinguished.
To a large extent, the denser, harder lumber species generally possess higher durability properties. These are often referred to as Class 1 or "Highly durable". Examples of such species includes Ipe, Cumaru, Tallowwood and Ironbark. Under normal conditions, not in permanent contact with water, such species can be expected to resist decay and insect attack for at least 25 years and up to 50 years.
The next group is Class 2 where the lumber species are termed "Durable". Lumber species included in this group also exhibit exceptional durability characteristics and the wood can typically be expected to have life of 15 to 25 years or more. Some species in this group closely approach the performance of the Class 1 timbers even under severe conditions of service and in fact all species in this group may be regarded as approximating the service of Class 1 timbers where conditions are less severe, as in typical decking.
This group includes a large range of species including Teak, Jarrah, Jatoba, Bongossi, Purpleheart, Selangan batu, Western Red Cedar, Merbau, Blackbutt, Spotted Gum, River Red Gum etc.
The third group, Class 3 is termed "Moderately Durable". Such species will give good service without preservative treatment if clear of the ground and used in conditions of low termite hazard and involving only intermittent wetting followed by reasonably rapid drying. Such timbers can still be used for exterior decks but it would probably not be advisable to use such species in severe weather conditions unless a maintenance regime involving the application of good quality decking oil is carried out at regular intervals. Species in this group include Cambara, Kempas, Karri, Eucalyptus saligna.
The final group Class 4 is termed "Non Durable". Timber species in this group are considered unsuitable for exposed decking because of their low natural durability.
But apart from resistance to the ravages of sunlight, rainfall and humidity, in many locations there is another factor to consider - termites. There is no direct correlation between durability and resistance to termite attack so care needs to be taken in termite prone areas. Suitable species with high resistance to termite attack would include Ipe, Cumaru, Jatoba, Teak, Jarrah, Selangan batu etc.
Finally and perhaps of lesser importance is that the lumber chosen should not twist, cup or deform in service. This requires some skill and experience on the part of the lumber mill as the majority of hardwoods require carefully controlled kiln drying to bring the moisture content of the wood down from more than 25% with freshly cut timber to approximately 16%. If the timber is dried to fast it can crack and twist when in service. Even when properly kiln dried, all timber will expand and contract to some extent in service particularly in damp conditions. In such conditions, a timber species with a low shrinkage rate may be preferable. Such species would include Ipe, Selangan batu, Merbau and Teak amongst others.
So in selecting the most appropriate species of lumber for decking, durability is a critical factor but it's not such a clear cut decision as may be assumed at first glance.