The time for decks has finally come. Which wood to choose?
Which products to use? How do you create a solid foundation?
We tell you how to build a deck. The first step in building a deck is not to put the law … or the neighbours, on your back!
First, determine where the exact boundaries of your lot are. Then, according to the
municipality, a permit may be necessary: proof of the limits of the land and diagram of
the deck to support it. Make a phone call to your municipality to find out their
requirements; this could save you a lot of hassle.
If you are looking for Austin deck builders then make sure to call these guys:
Composite material boards
They are made of recycled plastic and have a vague look of wood (yes, they are very
easily distinguishable). They come in different colors, require little maintenance, and
their lifespan is much higher than that of wood because water does not damage them.
To remove scratches and mold, high-pressure washing should suffice. Composite
materials are, therefore, an excellent alternative to the wood used on decks (for
gardening boxes, tables or benches, for example).
* The composite material boards cannot be used for the structure… and they are much
Cover your joists
Wet wood is not a problem, as long as it can dry! The important thing is, therefore, to
avoid standing water on the wood. This is why we are big fans of the drips – made of
metal, elastomer, or type of weather barrier (glued air barrier membrane) – placed on
the joists, under the platform. They will allow the water that reaches the top of the joists
to drip. Attention to the choice of color, the membranes will be slightly visible between
They are necessary between the boards for drainage purposes, but also to avoid the
accumulation of debris. Based on the assumption that the boards will shrink over time,
some manufacturers install the boards very tightly. But this is not always the case, and if
your boards are very dry, they might even expand under the exposure of rain and
humidity. With too small a gap, dirt mixed with water may clog the spaces and thus
It is therefore advisable to space the boards properly from the start: spacing the width of
a head of a deck screw should suffice.
Do not push the screws too far.
If you push them too far, tiny water tanks could be created. Better to leave the head of
the screw flush with the wood.
Screw from underneath and place tinplate corners
This procedure requires extra effort, but the results are visually interesting, the screws
are hidden under the boards. The metal support is screwed on the side of the joist and
under the board. Please note, this does not prevent problems with standing water at the
level of the screws. To make sure you have enough flesh for the screw, you will need to
use 2×4 or 2×6 planks on the floor (otherwise, you could get through the plank!).