We’ve all been there: The moment where you ask yourself, “Why did I think this was a good idea?” Homeowners are particularly familiar with this oh-no situation, especially when it involves a DIY remodeling project. That being said, if you are currently considering the prospect of tackling a DIY deck build, we’re here to tell you think again.
A project of this caliber is almost always better left to the experts, as they have the tools, training, and years of experience needed to successfully navigate the dos and don’ts of the remodel. Here are some of the most common causes of DIY deck fails and how a professional deck builder can help you avoid them:
1. Bad Design
As with any home improvement project, design is a must when it comes to deck building. It ensures that you have all the materials accounted for and forces you to plan ahead of potential building issues. In short, a bad or naive design for your new deck could set you up for failure.
2. Wrong Hardware & Fasteners
Every home improvement project should be treated uniquely. Just because your neighbor Bob used plastic fasteners for his DIY deck, does not mean that you should follow suit—especially when stainless steel/coated fasteners and outdoor hardware is essential for a steady deck foundation.
3. Failure to Maintain Material
Yes, wood is beautiful and often considered the material of choice for deck projects. However, wood decks also require frequent maintenance and special sealants to impede potential water damage. Acquiring more durable deck materials, like composites, as well as applying the correct sealants, may be difficult for the average DIYer—preventing you from properly maintaining your newly built deck.
At the end of the day, large home improvement projects—like deck building—should be left to the pros. For Wisconsin homeowners, the trusted choice for professional deck installations is Tundraland. We’ll work with you to find the perfect product for your needs, helping you achieve your project goals without the added stress. To learn more about our composite decks, contact Tundraland today!