Nothing says summer like backyard barbecues and pool parties. But if your outdoor living space doesn’t quite make the grade, consider building the deck of your dreams. Do-it-yourselfers not only save money in labor costs, but they also reap the pride and satisfaction of improving and adding value to their homes.
Check out these tips from the outdoor living experts at Trex, the world’s largest manufacturer of wood-alternative decking and railing, to ensure your DIY deck project will earn neighborhood bragging rights.
Assess your skills – Before getting started, make sure that you’re confident in your ability to design, plan and build a dream deck on your own. Consider the amount of time you have to commit to the project, your access to necessary tools and if you’ll be able to count on help from family and friends.
Choose the right materials – When planning a do-it-yourself deck project, select wood-alternative materials that will look like new even after years of heavy foot traffic and severe weather. Trex Enhance, the newest high-performance line of wood-alternative decking from Trex, is the ideal material for a weekend backyard upgrade. Readily available in-stock at The Home Depot, Enhance won’t rot, warp, crack or splinter – and upkeep is hassle-free. Unlike wood, the product requires no sanding, staining or painting, and its protective shell defends against severe weather and heavy foot traffic while being extremely low maintenance. In fact, it cleans up easily with only soap and water, meaning you’ll never again spend a Saturday staining your deck – ever.
Research necessary permits – Contact state, county or city offices to determine what specific permits are needed for your project. Remember that some permits may take longer to obtain than others – especially during the summer home improvement months – and build this approval process into your project timeline. Also, consider the costs associated with necessary permits and be prepared to pay a small fee.
Log on for ideas – From inspiration to installation, reference trusted home improvement and do-it-yourself websites for guidance through every step of an outdoor living project. For instance, Trex.com has a comprehensive selection of resources that include sample deck plans to jumpstart your creativity, a color visualizer that allows you to experiment with mixing and matching various shades of decking and railing and a deck designer to create virtual outdoor living spaces with customized layouts, colors, textures and accessories.
For more do-it-yourself tips and product information, visit www.homedepot.trex.com.