While the Groundhog predicted 6 more weeks of Winter, Bennett Contracting has decided to start thinking Spring. Spring and warm weather means spending times outdoors and enjoying your backyard with friends and family. And what better way to enjoy your backyard then from a deck. Deck’s are American as apple pie, and if you’re looking to add a new decking addition in the Capitol Region of New York, here’s what you should consider.
Anytime you add a new structure like a deck, you will probably need to apply for a permit. Local building departments want to know where the deck will be located, the size and height, how far from the property lines, and they want to have details on how it will be constructed. The building department will want to inspect the footings of the deck, as well as the framing members, to ensure proper and safe construction. In the event that you are simply changing the decking and railings, but not the framing, consult with your building department to find out what they require
This is obvious, but you should plan this out carefully. There are many reasons to build a new deck. They could be for:
Are you looking for a place to lounge around while you host guests? Are you an at-home chef looking for a place to wow friends & family who join you for dinner? Are you going to be adding a pool or hot tub eventually? Think carefully about your interests and desires, your new deck is going to enhance them!
This is an underrated aspect of new deck or porch design. The location of where you are putting your deck will play a role with the materials needed. One item that we remind our clients to think of is privacy. Will the addition of a deck bring you into sight of neighbors? Should the design include a way to block out peering eyes?
The weather and location the deck or porch is facing should be considered as well. How much snow and rain will the deck have to endure each year? Are you in direct line of the sun during the afternoons in the summer? These factors will play a role in your new deck.
Bennett Contracting carries decking materials that can withstand the elements in the Capitol Region of New York. Our main decking manufacturers are Trex, Azek, and CertainTeed decking.
Looking to see what your options are for a new deck? Bennett Contracting will listen to your needs and put together a plan to give you the perfect area for outdoor relaxation. Contact us today to get your project started!