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Build and Decorate A Home Deck

Do you own your home or persuaded the landlord to let you build a deck or a dock? A good way to add more value to your home is to have a nice deck and provide a wonderful space for family and friends to gather. Decks use to be a yearly maintenance chore. Not anymore, with newer and highly improved types of composite decking on the market today, you can create decks that are beautiful, safe and durable. The new composites have a rich look, textures that look like wood with incredible durability. Maintenance every year consists solely on pressure washing.

Decks & Docks Lumber Company, takes pride in providing everything needed for building, repairing or enhancing decks, docks, piers and sea walls. included in their supplies are composite decking, lumber, pilings, sea walls, railings, marina accessories, lighting, hardware and tools in order to complete any deck or dock project from residential to commercial. They also specialize in marine construction in the Southeast, with locations in Florida, Virginia, Georgia and North Carolina.

One of the nicer decks is an on-level deck. This type of deck does not need railings, posts or steps. A big decision is if you want your deck to be attached to your home. If it is, you will need a ledger board and a waterproof membrane to protect your home. The ledger board is what will hold the house side of the deck up. You will need to be bolt it to your house. An attached deck will also need to have the piers extend below the frost line so that frost heave will not separate the deck and your home over time.

Another good idea according to This Old House is to make a mock deck with rope and cardboard, before building one. This way you can make sure that the space you think you need is correct. Be sure to add the furniture on the mock deck and try to move around to make sure you are good with the space.

With the right dimensions for your deck, you will need to purchase the materials besides your decking material including cement, anchor posts and brackets, joists, drills, level, circular saw, safety glasses, and a few other things.

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How to decorate your deck:

Decks already have a resemblance with a boat dock because they both use similar types of planks as construction materials. But if you want to really trick out your deck, start with items common to all boat docks wherever you find them. A replica or salvaged wooden figurehead makes an interesting nautical addition to any deck.

Thick dock lines in hemp rope secure boats to cleats on the flooring of the boat dock at its edges. To recreate the dock feel, add a top railing made from thick hemp rope to railing posts. Leave the banisters in place for safety, and just use the hemp as a decorative accent. You can also hang the line between posts on boat cleats across the face of the railing if you don’t want to reconfigure the top rail. Add a vintage life preserver ring or two and a few well-placed boat fenders — a cylindrical foam-filled tube that cushions the boat between it and the dock — to complete the look.

Most all boats and docks — especially sailboats — fly ensign, insignia or signal flags on transoms or aft on the boat. Install a premade flagpole or make it yourself out of iron pipe and pulleys and secure it to the deck. When it’s cocktail time, fly the ensign with a depiction of a martini or a beer mug overflowing with beer on the flagpole. Or if you’re feeling more like being a pirate, fly your pirate flag.

If you have a budget for outdoor furniture, add teak furniture to your deck. Most boats berthed at docks in marinas have teak installed as decking in areas on the boat because teak takes a beating and weathers well. If teak furniture is beyond your budget, add wood furniture stained to match the color of your deck. Director’s chairs made from wood and canvas are often used on boats because they store flat. A bright blue canvas strung overhead creates the feeling of a sail as it provides shade.

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