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6 common mistakes when building a deck to avoid

Are you considering enhancing your outdoor space with a new deck?

Adding a patio, deck or porch is one of the best ways to increase the value of your home while providing space for outdoor dining, relaxation, and entertainment.

To the layperson, it may seem that building a deck is a pretty straightforward process. However, it is far from that.

Building a deck is so much more than just whacking some wood together in rows; it requires thoughtful planning, adherence to safety codes, and considerable skill and expertise.

Avoid those building mistakes common to DIY decks

A professional deck builder, like the DBS Residential team, will make sure that your deck is constructed properly and designed the way you want it.

If we build your deck, our Auckland deck building team will ensure that your deck is built fast, correctly and cost-effectively and doesn’t have any of those mistakes that are so common when you don’t have professional builders on the job. We have the knowledge to know what challenges may arise when building a deck so we will avoid some of these six frequently seen issues.

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Common mistakes when building a deck that we don’t make, ever!

1. Poor planning and code compliance

Skipping proper planning is one of the most significant mistakes homeowners make. We will start by determining the size, location, and purpose of your deck while taking the local building codes into consideration. Decks need to be built to be code-compliant and structurally sound. For example, decks and balconies more than 1.5 metres above the ground need a building consent. So, hiring experienced deck builders who know the intricacies of building codes as well as the best practices when it comes to building a well-constructed deck is the way to go.

2. Improper spacing and height

Deck disasters often result from improper spacing and height. A deck is a structural addition that must bear weight. Correct joist spacing is crucial for the stability of your deck. Get it wrong and those incorrectly spaced joists can cause a host of problems that compromise both the appearance and stability of your surface boards. This is particularly important if you plan to install deck boards diagonally or are building with composite products.

3. Improper railing height or baluster spacing

Inadequate railings and balusters compromise safety. Local building requirements are strict and all decks in the Auckland region must comply with council post/rail height and baluster spacing. Proper installation is essential.

Additionally, railings are often overlooked during the design phase of a deck build. Railings are an architectural feature and should complement your home. As they tend to be one of the more expensive and visual aspects, it’s important to spend time considering your options and to consider them early in the process.

4. Building stairs with incorrect riser heights

Inconsistent riser heights in stairs can lead to falls and injuries. Proper framing material is essential as is following safety codes and best practices.

5. Neglecting deck drainage

Ignoring deck drainage systems can result in rot and structural instability. Efficient drainage prevents water accumulation, which is particularly essential for elevated decks. Our deck builders know how to incorporate reliable deck drainage systems, such as gap-sealed deck boards, slope designs, or under-deck drainage systems.

6. Choosing the wrong materials

Material selection significantly influences your deck’s longevity, aesthetics, and maintenance needs. In addition, the way you frame your deck depends on the actual decking. Don’t assume that all decking is installed the same way. Fortunately, our builders know the difference.

When choosing materials, you need to consider weather conditions, maintenance requirements, and durability. Whether opting for softwood, hardwood, or composite, each material has its pros and cons. We can help you understand the best options for your place. In addition, when we build decks, we do not cut corners when it comes to safety. Using only the best materials, from the smallest galvanized bolts, nuts, and washers to the deck post footers, support posts, and deck boards, safety is always at the top of our list.

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Why hire professional deck builders?

  • Experience: You may be a skilled DIYer, but you probably don’t build decks every day. Well, we do! And we’re damn good at it.
  • Efficiency: Experience also means our builders will complete the job quickly and efficiently. Hiring experts saves time because we already know how to handle complex aspects of deck construction.
  • Warranty: Professional builders like the DBS Residential team provide warranties, which means peace of mind for you. We stand by our workmanship and materials.
  • Code Compliance: We understand and adhere to building codes, ensuring safety and integrity.
  • Safety First: Our builders prioritise safety in design, planning, and execution, always.

Building a deck is more than just a home improvement project

It is a long-term investment in your home and your family’s enjoyment that shouldn’t be taken lightly. It is a complicated process that requires a lot of thought, planning, knowledge and skill.

So, avoid the stress from the start by simply employing an experienced Auckland deck builder like DBS Residential. We will give you a clear timeline for your project and we will give you a beautifully designed, masterfully crafted, expertly executed deck quickly and cost-effectively.

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No matter how big or small your deck is, or whether you’re renovating, repairing or building new, with the DBS Residential crew on the job you will end up with a well-crafted beautiful deck. If you’re thinking about developing the great outdoors in Auckland anywhere from Ponsonby to Matakana, contact Dan on 021 550 142 to discuss your decking ideas.