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Building Your New Deck: What You Should Know To Prepare

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As spring emerges, you begin to think about what you want your outdoor space to look like. And, as you begin planning this project, you decide that a new outdoor deck is a necessary component of that vision. Before you get started with the building process for your new deck, get to know some of the important facts you will need to consider when taking on this type of construction project.

Then, you will be able to begin your project as soon as possible, and have the new deck of your dreams in time to enjoy those breezy summer evenings sitting on your deck watching the sun set:

You Will Need Building Permits

Even though you are not making alterations inside of your home, building a deck still counts as a home construction project. As such, you will need to get building permits from the local government to legally begin work on your deck.

So, once you meet with your contractor and have plans designed for your deck, head down to the city government building and with plans in hand and apply for a permit. The procedure for obtaining building permits varies, but generally an inspection must be performed prior to commencing construction. Be sure to plan ahead and apply for your permits well before you need to begin work on your deck.

Know Where Your Utility Lines Run

When you build a deck, you will need to dig into the ground near your home to anchor the posts and footings, especially if the deck is built on an upper level of your home. Because of this, it is important to know precisely where your utility lines run to enter into your home. 

The last thing you want is to hit your gas line or knock out your electricity when you are digging the footings for your deck. Call 811, a free service that contacts local utilities on your behalf to locate your underground utility lines. You will have professionals come out to your home and mark out your utility lines with either spray paint or flags so you can avoid hitting them.

Be Sure To Fence Off Your Construction Site

In order to maintain safety and security during your deck construction project, you will need to be sure that you have construction fencing surrounding your entire construction area. This is especially important when you begin digging your footings.

You want to be sure that when you have construction materials laying around your yard and/or have holes in the ground, that it is all blocked off, especially if you have children or pets. So, as soon as you start to prepare for your deck-building project, install your construction fencing to keep your site as safe and secure as possible. 

When you plan to build a new deck, you need to know what to do to prepare yourself for the construction process. Once you take all of the necessary preparatory steps, you will be well on your way to building your brand new deck in time to enjoy the rest of the spring and summer season.