We live in an age DIYers, but unless you have design skills and sufficient experience in building safe, solid decking and stairs, hiring decking professionals can save you the time and headache associated with obtaining permits, building to code, and ensuring that your deck enhances the value and style of your home.
Whether you want a deck and stairs that naturally flow into the landscape or a deck with built-in seating and a fire pit, it’s going to require some design skills to plan it all out. A decking professional can provide detailed drawings of your desired outdoor living space, often with surrounding landscape, walkways, and patio furniture layout. They can customize your deck and stair plans based on the look you’re going for, whether it’s modern and minimalist or rustic and homey.
Experienced deck installers can offer invaluable advice and direction when it comes to building your deck and stairs. For example, they might point out that deck stairs should be wide enough to accommodate a high amount of foot traffic if you like to host parties and barbecue get-togethers. They’ll also be able to recommend the size and measurements of the tread of each stair or step.
As much as you’d like to, you can’t just wake up, walk into your backyard and start building your deck. You’ll need a set of plans and the necessary permits. Additionally, there are several construction codes you’ll need to follow regarding the soil you’re building on, load bearing, frost code depth, safety codes, etc.
If you’re not familiar with building codes and permits, you may not know that even small decks sometimes require permits. Building codes can differ between the city and the county the city resides in, so you’ll need to verify the requirements before beginning your project. Professional deck installers will have a comprehensive knowledge of building codes and acquiring building permits in your local area, so you won’t have to worry about it.
When you’re not sure which materials to use for your deck and stairs, or what style of decking will work best for your lifestyle, budget, and style preferences, your local decking professionals can advise you on a variety of high quality materials, including wood, vinyl, and composite options.
Professional deck builders will know which materials will perform best in your geographical area and which ones will withstand the elements, or offer low-maintenance decking solutions. They can save you the trouble of making costly errors because you were unfamiliar with design, materials, or building costs which may affect the safety and integrity of your decking project. Yes, it’s possible you’ll pay more when you hire a professional, but sometimes it’s worth the peace of mind knowing your deck and stairs are solid, aesthetically pleasing, safe, and built to last.
Building decking and stairs, in most cases, is a major home improvement project that will require knowledge, skills, and permits. Hiring a professional to install your deck and stairs will ensure a long lasting outdoor living space that’s worry-free.
Stonehenge Fence is a major dealer in the Intermountain West for all types of decking and railing products, including beautiful, eco-friendly composites like TimberTech, Trex, and Mountain Peak Vinyl. Contact us today to get started on your dream deck!