It may sound complicated with the large amount of equipment needed. But if you really think about it, the equipment is pretty easy to get. You will need the basics such as the hammer tape and drill tape. A few dozen galvanized bolts and screws to hold the structure together, with props, beams and posts. You will also need to use cement bags and gravel, thinner and stains to paint your cover with.
Home Design Software – First, take advantage of the latest technology, and use one of the home design software packages that are available. You have options that can help with the materials and equipment needed, in the calculation of costs and designs and building codes, even local.
Material – Once the design of your cover is found, you will need to consider the materials. Good options are cedar or pine pressure treated in sizes like 2 x 4, 2 x 6 and 4 x 4. There are also several new options. There are many composite materials on the market today that resemble wood in appearance and feel. Such materials seem more costly at first, but that can give years of shelf life and is worth the initial outlay. Also, do not twist out of shape unlike wood and you do not need stains.
Foundation – The fundamentals for durable cover. If you are unsure about how to go about preparing the soil and pouring concrete, or making vertical anchors, you can seek professional help for this stage. Apart from this, you should be able to tackle all other aspects of building the deck with minimal help.
Pier space – Check the building codes in your area to find out the distance between the support springs is recommended. Make your support distances equal to or less than the 8-foot or 12-foot length that most wood is available in. It will be simpler for you as it reduces the number of cuts needed.
Sealing – There are usually ledger boards that lay against the house to support the beams (beams) on the walking surface. Sometimes they have a flashing Z-shaped light that is set on the top board of the ledger and the side surfaces, against the house.
Metal flashing can twist out of shape in due time, as the temperature fluctuates, even when it is set up correctly. Is it plugging screw holes to reduce the odds of moisture causing the damage?
The wall book ledger space with metal washers. Therefore, you may not have to remove the coating and can reduce moisture that can lead to corrosion and mold.
Use the screws – Instead of the nails, use the screws and bolts where you can. Almost all nails eventually oxidize, and the stain tends not to stick to them. Although it also oxidizes over time, the screws will not loosen like most nails.
With the screws, however, it requires more time than simply tapping on the nails. You can do your job faster by using an electric screwdriver attached to the hand drill.
No matter what methods you use to build your platform, careful design and attention to detail will always give you the best results. This will help you save hundreds of dollars on repair bills later.