Tips for Installing a Second-Level Deck


Get ready for summer with that next level deck

Spring is here and summer is just around the corner. It’s time to pull out the grill and start planning your outdoor activities. You could wear down that same patch of grass in your backyard for your grill, or you could finally build that deck you have been dreaming about for years.

Installing your own deck is actually pretty simple to do on your own. Doing it yourself will save you money, no matter your budget, and ensure that your deck is built to your exact specifications. Consider your budget, family and needs when deciding what is most important to you in this process. When you are ready to take on a new project and have the ideal outdoor space before summer arrives, refer to this guide as a brief overview for installing a second story deck.

Know your city’s building codes before you buy

Before you make home renovation, you need to know what your city’s building codes are so you can match your plans to those codes. It is also a good idea to speak with the contractor of your home to learn more about its structure and where a deck may work best for your home.

Measure your dimensions and match with your budget

Measure everything from the height and width of your home to deciding how many support beams you will need. This is not only important for knowing how much material you will need, but also to know what materials and size of deck will actually fit into your budget.

Consider the transition from home to deck to yard

This transition should be smooth and easy. Connect your deck to a door on the second level and consider a double pane sliding door to make the in-and-out easier. Picking the stairs best for your deck depends on your family’s needs and your yard space. The best way to have a full staircase and save the most amount of yard space is by using an outdoor spiral staircase.

Choose a material that best suits your family’s needs

Picking a material is not only dependent on your budget, but also the functional needs of you and your family. If you are a busy family who wants a lot of use out of your deck but not a lot of upkeep, a faux wood material may be better than real wood.

Build from the ground up

Always start with your main support system and build up from there. Installing the support first will help to ensure stability and safety. It is also easier to go back and fix a mistake this way, instead of taking down all the work you had previously done and starting over.

Finish and protect your deck

Finish by protecting and maintaining your new project. Choose a finish designed for your chosen material and your climate. Maintaining this with regular cleaning and refinishing will keep your deck in great condition and allow you and your family to get the most use out of it your years to come.

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