DIY Home Flooring Improvement – Building a Floor Deck
It can sound complicated with the plethora of equipment needed. But if we actually think about it, the equipment is pretty easy to obtain. You will need basics such as your measuring tape, hammer and drill. A few dozen galvanized bolts and screws to hold the structure together, with the braces, joists and posts. You will also need to use concrete bags and gravel, thinner and stain to paint your deck with.
Home Design Software – First, take advantage of the latest technology, and utilize one of the home design software packages that are available. You have choices that can help with the materials and equipment needed, in the calculation of costs and the designs and even local building codes.
Material – Once the design of your deck is set, you’ll need to consider materials. Good options are redwoods, cedar or pine in pressure treated sizes like 2 x 4’s, 2 x 6’s and 4 x 4. There are also several newer options. There are many composite materials on the market today that resemble wood in appearance and feel. Such materials will seem more costly in the Decking Malta beginning but it can give years to your deck’s life span and is worth the initial outlay. In addition, they do not twist out of shape unlike wood and you need not stain it.
Foundation – The basics for a lasting deck. If you are uncertain about how to go about preparing the ground and pouring concrete, or making vertical anchors, you can look for professional help for this stage. Other than this, you should be able to tackle all other aspects of deck building with minimal assistance.
Pier Spacing – Check the building codes in your area to find out the recommended support pier spacing. Make your support distances equal to or less than the 8 or 12 foot length that most lumber is available in. It will be simpler for you as it reduces the number of cuts needed.
Sealing – Usually there are ledger boards that lay up against the house to support the beams (joists) under the walking surface. Sometimes they have a Z-shaped flashing that lays on the ledger board top and side surfaces, up against the house.
Metal flashing can twist out of shape in due time as temperature fluctuates even when it was set up properly. Do cover up screw holes to lessen the chances of moisture causing damage.