Have you ever considered or heard about composite decking?. Unlike wooden planks and parts, these materials are easier to work with and take a lot of the guesswork out of the project. In order for your vision to come to life, be sure that you spend time planning out what you want the last results to look like and make sure that you have all the materials you will need in advance.
Measure and Draw Up Plans
It might be tempting to just get started with your composite decking, making adjustments in the plan as you go along. However, it is important to measure the space you plan to cover and draw out a plan. Start with the end in mind and you will have an easier time along the way. If your deck is going to include curves or different types of designs you need to know where to begin the transition and what it will take the get the railing and balusters to match up with the lines. If you have other people helping you out, a drawn out plan will make sure that everyone understands the plan.
Order All Supplies Upfront
No one wants to get started installing the composite decking only to find that they do not have what they need and the project is put off for the next few weeks. You don’t want to get halfway done and learn that the composite decking you were using is no longer available. Instead, place one large order and make sure everything has arrived before you get started. You want to have the connectors, the balusters, and the railings that you plan to use on hand so that you can begin work.
Take Out the Guesswork
There are multiple products that take the guesswork out of composite decking installation. For example, hidden fasteners help you make uniform gaps between the planks, making it easier to get the perfect overall look. If you do come to a point when you are not sure what to do next, stop and do a little research. This is not the type of project that you want to guess on. One mistake at the beginning of the work can cause problems later as you continue to work on the other end of the deck or porch.
Consider a Professional
If you are not confident in your skills, call in your local professional composite deck builder. While this will add to the cost of your home improvement project, you can be sure that the craftsmanship will stand up over the next several years, not to mention the peace of mind that comes with hiring a professional is well worth the cost.