Building a deck is a fantastic cost-effective way of adding to the living area of your house. A new deck can add value to your home, and create a connection from your living areas to the outdoors.
There are some things to think about when building a new deck. Here we tackle some frequently asked questions and give you some valuable tips.
How to Make the Most of Building your Deck
A good deck can be a real asset to your house but needs some consideration in terms of layout and design. Consider how much sun your deck will trap. Especially in the winter. Would you like to use your deck in all weathers? Having a clear roof that allows light through and keeps out the rain is a good option. Windbreaks and privacy screens are great to block that pesky cold southerly and unwanted prying eyes.
Flow from inside to your deck will affect how much you use it. A good deck will be an extension of your primary living area and add to your living space. A well-positioned deck that capitalises on your house layout will get more use and be a real asset to your home.
Another good tip that many people overlook is if you want to fit a dining setting on your deck, then you will need a bare minimum of 3.6m in width to be able to walk around a table when people are seated.
How Much Does it Cost to Build a Deck
Many factors can influence your deck cost. Including;
- Does an old deck need to be removed?
- Does your deck require a permit and a compliant balustrade?
- Does your deck need stairs?
- How high off the ground is your deck?
- What type of decking board will you use?
- Would you like built-in seating?
Decking Timber NZ
In our opinion, Kwila timber is the best timber for decking in New Zealand, although there are several other decking products that are popular. Here we weigh up the options;
|Treated Pine Decking||Cost-effective
Produced in New Zealand
|Can shrink on joins
|Kwila Decking||Proven record among hardwoods
Minimal shrinking on joins
Sustainability of the resource is doubtful even with VLO (Verified Legal Origin) certification
|Vitex Decking||Little bleeding
|Shorter lengths than Kwila and Pine – max 3.6m|
|Garapa Decking||Appealing grain
|Can shrink a lot on joins -Joins and mitres are to be avoided|
|Composite Decking||Can be part recycled
Large gaps are required
Easily marked and scratched
Does your deck need a permit?
Your deck doesn’t need a permit when it is not possible to fall from a height greater than 1.5m
Does your deck need a compliant handrail?
Your deck will need a compliant handrail if it is possible to fall from a height greater than 1m
Contact licensed builder Louis at Tauranga Builders for trusted advice about the options that best suit your requirements.