Wood decks are attractive to potential buyers because they increase the usable living area of a home by enhancing the beauty and functionality of the outdoor living space

Deck Construction

Before you begin construction of a deck, the first step should always be to make sure you’re building to code. No matter what kind of deck you’re building, the top priority is to ensure a safe deck. A good place to start is the DCA-6 Prescriptive Residential Deck Construction Guide from the American Wood Council, which is a great general resource and includes guidance on the International Residential Code (IRC). The free Spanish guide can be downloaded here.

Wood decks are attractive to potential buyers because they increase the usable living area of a home by enhancing the beauty and functionality of the outdoor living space. Wood decking is very affordable compared to other options on the market. For example, a deck made with manufactured materials (such as PVC or composite decking) can cost three to five times more than a comparable deck made with real wood.

According to the North American Retail Hardware Association, pressure-treated lumber is the go-to choice for your deck’s substructure (the posts, beams and joists that hold up the deck) and what contractors overwhelmingly use. This is due to its load-bearing strength and affordability.

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