What to Avoid While Building a Deck

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There are a few mistakes you can make while building a deck. If you don’t hire the right deck builders, you can end up needing extra repairs or even a replacement that will cost you big time. This video explains what to avoid while building a deck.

The first thing to check is that there are proper carriage bolts throughout the deck, especially the railings. Without carriage bolts, the railings will end up having entirely too much give and only be useful for show.

The wood on the deck is going to contract over time. It’s important to install vertical breaker wood to hold the horizontal planks together and prevent gaps from forming in between the planks.

The stringer spacing is also important. You want a stringer every 12 inches, at least. Make sure the lattice boards are high-quality, too, or you will have brittle and sagging accouterments.

The height of the risers needs to be 3/8ths of an inch between each other. For example, ff there is a five-inch gap between the first and second step, you need to stay within 3/8ths of an inch of this for all of them.

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