Are you considering adding a deck to the back of your home? Decks are a comfortable way to enjoy popular outdoor activities such as grilling, dining, relaxing, and entertaining. Here are six important steps to take when building a new deck:
Check with Your HOA
If you live in a neighborhood with a homeowner's association (HOA), you will need to check with them to see if there are any restrictions on building a deck. Some HOAs may have rules about the size, location, or materials you can use for your new deck. You may also need to get HOA approval for your specific plans.
Some municipalities have strict rules on the amount of your property that can be covered by an impervious surface (which means a surface that does not allow water to pass through it). Decks are not always considered impervious surfaces, however, some municipalities may view them as such. Your local planning and building department will be able to provide you with great detail on the specific restrictions for your jurisdiction and property.
Choose Suitable Deck Materials
Numerous materials are available for decking and railings, including several types of wood, composite, and PVC. Each material has its advantages and disadvantages, so you must choose the material that is right for you. An experienced deck builder will be able to help you weigh your options and make an informed decision.
Obtain Estimates from Deck Contractors
Once you have an idea of what you want for the design and materials of your deck, you will need to get estimates from contractors. This will help you compare quality, track records, and prices to find the best contractor for your project.
Sign a Contract
Once you have chosen a contractor, you will need to sign a contract. The contract should outline the scope of work, the timeline, and the project's cost. Be sure you understand everything in the contract before signing. At Archadeck of Raleigh-Durham, we use fixed-price contracts, so you can rest easy that the price will not change as long as the scope stays the same.
In most cases, you will need to obtain a permit from your local municipality before you can start building a deck. The requirements for permits vary from city to city, so you will need to check with your local authorities to find out what is required in your area. At Archadeck, we handle all aspects of the permitting process for you.
If you are thinking of building a backyard deck at your home, consider reaching out to Archadeck of Raleigh-Durham as early in the process as possible. Our expert team can answer any questions you have about the six items on this list and more. We will design your new deck with your specific needs, goals, and budget in mind. Call today to request a design consultation: (919) 446-5585. We look forward to working with you!