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The Year of the Deck

Posted 21 December 2016 2:40 PM by Jase DeBoer

Are you setting New Year goals? Maybe yours are about losing weight, spending more time with the family – or, maybe, they’re about  finally getting to that home improvement project—like adding outdoor living space with a new deck. With the help of ProWood®, this could be the year that resolution becomes a reality.  Kick off the New Year right with the following steps for planning your deck:

  1. Make a list of preferences

    With budget in mind, outline how you plan to use your outdoor living space.  This will help you determine the size and placement of the deck as well as preferences like stair placement, lighting location, and even utility access.
  2. Research material options

    Both wood and composite have great benefits. ProWood pressure-treated lumber is beautiful, durable and environmentally friendly - plus it’s backed by a lifetime limited warranty. For more information on ProWood, ProWood Dura Color® and ProWood Kiln Dried options, visit Wood-alternative decking is another great option with a variety of low maintenance color and texture options to fit your style. If considering composite decking, check out the beautiful, durable options from Deckorators®.
  3. Be aware of ground contact standards

    Whether you choose wood or composite decking for your deck boards, pressure-treated lumber is the most common material for deck framing and understructure In many cases, you will need to use a ground contact treated lumber like ProWood to ensure the integrity of your outdoor structure. Some examples that require ground contact treated lumber include decks that are less than 6-inches from the ground, decks without proper ventilation, or decks that are exposed to frequent moisture.  Learn more about ground contact standards.
  4. Who will manage the deck build?

    There are many factors to consider if you choose to build a deck yourself.  How much time do you have to dedicate to the project?  Are you familiar with local building codes such as railing requirements? Do you feel comfortable making material decisions and handling challenges along the way? If you answered no to any of these questions, hiring a professional contractor to build your deck is a great option.  Many contractors work with you to develop the deck design, choose the proper materials, and build the deck in compliance with building codes.

If you choose to build the deck on your own, here are some great tools to help with your design:

With the help of ProWood treated lumber, you can make 2017 the Year of the Deck. Get an early start on your resolution by planning and designing in the winter months, building in the spring—and enjoying it all summer with friends and family!


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