WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

BASIC CHECKLIST

Most decks start one of two ways: from the ground up or using an existing frame. Wherever you are in the process our products provide you with many unique options for creating your perfect deck. Before you get started building, use this checklist to make sure you are ready to go!

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Check with your city, state or county to determine what permits are required and any building code that must be followed.

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Do you have a homeowner association (HOA) that you need to have check over your designs? There may be specific color and products that are required by your subdivision.

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Make sure you know what it underground your deck before you start digging: cables, wires or pipes can create a problem if you accidentally bust one. Call the North American One-Call Referral system at (888) 258-0808.

THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE STARTING
YOUR DECK PROJECT:

SIZE

If you have a smaller space, check our installation guidelines and local building codes for setback requirements. Think about using a multi-level deck to increase your outdoor space!

For larger spaced, think about creative additions and unique design elements like curves, storage benches, color inlays, and other fun outdoor products like a hot tub!

EXITS

How will you and your guests get to your deck? Does it make sense for there to be a door from the kitchen for easier access to the grill? How do they get out into the back yard so that the kids can easily run out and play? How many staircases do you need or want, spiral, straight or curved?

SUN OR SHADE

Our products are fade resistant so no need to worry about the color of your deck fading due to direct sunlight. Often, shade just creates a more enjoyable outdoor space especially if in southern or desert states in the summer. Try to plan your deck around the natural shade in your yard whether it is created by trees or other buildings.

You may also want to think about different ways to create shade with a pergola, gazebo or canopy.

LIGHTING

We recommend adding lights to enhance your deck’s appeal, as well as, safety! Adding lights to the exits and stairways will help you maneuver safely at night and creates some visual drama.

BUILD IN AND AROUND

There are many ways to build in places to sit and storage on your deck from built-in benches, to beautiful curves that invite people to lean in and enjoy the view. You can even build around natural elements like that beautiful tree so that you can continue to enjoy nature while on your deck.

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