How to Build a Deck

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There are people who prefer creating their own furniture and home amenities. It is cheaper and also allows them to use their knowledge and skills firsthand. When it comes to a constructing a wooden deck, building a deck correctly can establish a perfect addition to your home and backyard. When constructing and planning to build a deck, you need to picture a place where you can unwind and relax after long hectic day. Regardless if you’re planning to hire a professional or try DIY, building a deck correctly requires proper design and planning.

Below are the 5 Basic Tips for Building a Wooden Deck:

Select Deck Type
There are various types of decks that you can build for your home. Outdoor patio decks can be attached to your kitchen or family room. If you are wondering where a destination deck should be located, this must be placed in a special area with the best view. You can create a winding path which leads to a destination deck. A connector deck is a type of deck which is smaller and available in various sizes and shapes which are connected to one another with pathways.

Consider Deck Activities
When you’re building a wooden deck, you need to consider all activities that will be conducted in the area. Is it intended for parties, entertainment and relaxation, or are you planning to save a spot for a barbecue or a grill? It’s highly recommended to list down all activities you plan to use your deck for in order to have an accurate design and plan. You can browse the internet for specific designs, or purchase a wood deck building and planning guide.

Deck Size
If your home and backyard are quite small, you cannot entertain a large number of people and you probably do not need a big deck. Having a large deck will make your home look smaller, so you need to keep it simple, but you can add some angle to the design to make it more stylish and modern. You may consider dividing the deck into two areas where one area is for sunning and lounging, while the other one is for dining and cooking.

Materials Needed
When building a wooden deck, you need to be familiar with the structure. There are decks that require concrete footings which extend below your frost-line if you will have cold winters. If the deck happens to be placed on sandy soil, you may also need to establish larger footings which will support your decks beams or posts.

Your deck post should be comprised of lumber that is sturdy enough sustain the deck. If a deck is placed above the ground, you might need to utilize 6” x 6” structural posts. Deck beams are placed horizontally on your decks post and this will sustain the deck joists. This will be horizontally placed every 16”, 24” or 12” and will also support decking boards. These decking boards will serve as your floor which spans from joist-to-joist.

Building a deck can be a fun challenge for anyone who wants a custom look for their home. Be sure to use the proper tools and measurements, and keep safety in mind, when you’re building a deck for your home.

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Prepare Your Patio for Spring: Part 2

With spring just around the corner, we’ve put together a few ideas to help you get your outdoor furniture ready to enjoy. Follow these easy steps to ensure your furniture is spotless—then check out the infographic at the bottom of this post for an easy reminder of a few important rules for cleaning your outdoor furniture.

Did you miss part one in this series? Find the post on cleaning tips for your patio here.

Choose the Right Cleaning Supplies
It’s time to break out and scrub down your outdoor furniture. Each type of furniture will have its own cleaning requirements, so consult the manufacturer before you attempt to use any cleaning products.

You usually can’t go wrong with very mild detergents like Dawn soap on materials such as wicker and fabric cushions. Use a gentle water spray and a soft sponge to clear off dirt and debris.

 Air It Out
Remember to prop the cushions up when you’re done so that they can air dry evenly—never apply heat to any outdoor furniture so that you don’t melt or burn the fabric. While most cushions are mildew-resistant, this method will ensure that no moisture is trapped between the cushion and your furniture.

Seal the Deal
Now that your outdoor wicker furniture is sparkling clean, protect your investment with the right sealer. For wicker, plastic, or polywood materials, car wipes such as Armor All can help protect from collecting dust or other particles. For natural materials like teak or wood, use teak or linseed oil as a natural sealant.

Have Quality Furniture Covers Ready
The last thing you want to do is bring out your wicker furniture for spring, only to have more snowfall or heavy rain. Invest in quality outdoor furniture covers that will resist these unforeseen weather events. Follow The Patio’s guide to choosing the right outdoor furniture cover for some great tips.

Feel free to use the infographic below as an easy reminder of these tips. If you found this post helpful, then continue to follow The Patio each week for part two, or sign up at WickerCentral.com to receive our weekly newsletter.

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Prepare Your Patio for Spring: Part 1

Spring is right around the corner, and that means it’s almost time to make sure your patio is in tip-top shape. This is part one of our two-part series for easy ways to get your outdoor space ready to see the sunshine. Next week’s blog will cover how to prep your outdoor furniture for spring, so stay tuned!

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Start with a clean slate. Move everything off of the porch or patio first so you can reach every corner. Remember to reach eye-level places like window sills, door frames, or any spots directly next to where your guests will be seated. Also don’t forget to clean umbrella tops before you put them up for the season so the sun won’t reflect grimy shadows.

Apply Some Elbow Grease
Spray down the entirety of your patio and even your vinyl siding with a high-pressure hose. This will clear away dirt and debris without having to resort to using harsh chemicals.

Sand down splintered wood and replace broken tiles or boards. Have dirty grouted tiles or hard-to-reach cracks? Get right into them with a stiff-bristled brush if you find that the dirt is especially stubborn.

Make Your Hard Work Last
If you have a wooden porch or deck, consider sprucing it up with a new coat of deck stain or sealer. Simply sprinkle water on your deck to test whether the wood can absorb sealer or finish—If it soaks in and doesn’t bead up, your deck is ready for sealer. Remember not to apply deck product directly in the sunlight as it will usually dry up before it has a chance to absorb into the wood.

You can also seal tile or stone patios so that they maintain their gorgeous look. Find the right sealer products at your local home improvement store.

Now let’s get ready for a great spring! If you found this post helpful, then check back into The Patio each week for part two, or sign up at WickerCentral.com to receive our weekly newsletter.

ABOUT: Wicker Central is an Elkhart, IN, based e-commerce company specializing in outdoor wicker furniture and wicker patio furniture accessories. Email us at thepatio@wickercentral.com.

 

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What Does Your Patio Mean to You?

blogimage1.0Welcome to The Patio, a blog all about your favorite place to kick back with a good book, gather with friends and family, or enjoy the serenity of a warm summer evening.

The Patio is a brand new blog from WickerCentral.com that will focus on outdoor decor, gardening, entertaining, and lifestyle. But before we reveal some of the themes and topics we’ll be covering in upcoming blog posts, let’s talk about what it means for your home to have a patio or other outdoor space.

Some homes feature expansive paved patios adorned with expertly pruned plants and water installations. Other homes have small wooden porches with a couple of white wicker rocking chairs, perfect for reading the newspaper on a relaxing Sunday morning. For the backyard barbeque fan, a large deck can be the best place to host a pre-game grilling party.

Whether your home has a patio, deck, porch, or veranda, your outdoor space is an oasis where you can enjoy being outside in just as much comfort and relaxation as your very own living room. That’s why it’s so important that your outdoor space fits your home and your needs—this blog will give you some tips and ideas for how to use your space to its fullest potential.

So what else will you find on this blog?

  • Style Guides and Decor Trends
  • Home Improvement Ideas
  • Patio and Outdoor Furniture Care
  • Tips for Entertaining
  • Food and Drink Recipes

Stay tuned to The Patio for this and more, including guest blogs from a variety of lifestyle bloggers. You’re sure to pick up a thing or two for your own backyard.

Now we want to hear from you. Comment below and tell us what your patio or other outdoor space means to your home.

ABOUT: Wicker Central is an Elkhart, IN, based e-commerce company specializing in outdoor wicker furniture and wicker patio furniture accessories. Email us at thepatio@wickercentral.com.

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