Avoiding Common Deck Building Mistakes

The value of not making easily avoidable mistakes when building your deck can’t be overstated. Taking the extra time and effort to avoid the most common types of deck building mistakes will serve your deck building efforts profoundly. The most common types of deck building errors include mismeasurement and a lack of understanding of instructions. If you’re curious about what it would take to have professional Colorado Springs general contractors to come install your new deck, don’t hesitate to reach out to O’Leary & Son’s at your earliest convenience. Otherwise, take these tips into mind to keep from avoiding the most common (and costly) deck building mistakes.

  • Improperly Installing Hardware
    The biggest mistakes regarding incorrect installation of hardware is rooted in using incorrect fasteners in hangers. Another aspect of fasteners that should be noted is that if they don’t possess an adequate corrosion-resistance rating won’t last long when being installed in treated lumber. Another aspect of hardware that can quickly go awry is joist hangers. Joist hangers are a vital portion of deck support, so it helps to ensure that joist hangers are installed properly.
  • Incorrect Railing Height
    When building a deck it’s important to follow the specific measurements for height and spacing posts between the railings. Improperly installing railings can easily and quickly lead to accidents. Any time you plan on installing a new deck, be sure to take  accurate measurements more than once to ensure you have the right size.
  • Unsealed Wood
    Unsealed wood is prone to deteriorate at a much higher rate than wood that is sealed. Decks that have unsealed wood also tend to look more weathered and worn down than regularly sealed decks. Having a sealed deck will also lead to an increased risk of leaks and plywood damage. Ultimately, leaving your deck unsealed could lead to having to replace your deck again in a few short years. It benefits homeowners tremendously to hire trusted Colorado Springs general contractors to seal your deck.
  • Using the Wrong Materials
    One of the most costly mistakes homeowners make when building a new deck is using incorrect or unreliable equipment. Consider all of the choices you have when it comes to treating your deck to prevent corrosion and discoloration. It’s relatively common for homeowners to use incorrect lumber for their deck building projects. Be sure to use the correct lumber, and treatment type to prevent accelerated deterioration. Also keep in mind that the materials you use will go into the long-term health of your deck. If you’re unsure of the types of lumber and materials you should be using, don’t hesitate to reach out to the experts at O’Leary & Son’s today.

If you’re looking for reputable a reputable deck repair contractor in Colorado Springs, contact O’Leary & Son’s to learn more about what it takes to keep your deck in shape for the long haul. Having a deck repair on a Colorado Springs home is a major project that has a major impact on your home. Make sure the job is completed by a Colorado Springs deck builder you can rely on.