Decking Tricks Help Contractors Get it Right and Make Clients Happy

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Decks serve an appealing extension to a home by providing families a place to gather and bond while basking in the beauty of the outdoors. Building a deck, however, requires a set of skills and knowledge that you, as a contractor, must master. There are many tips and tricks to help you make your Long Island decking project easier and more efficient en route to meeting your client's' needs and preferences.


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Fasteners


The quality of screws you use to fasten a deck should never be ignored. It's better to invest in high quality screws than to save money on inferior types, which are prone to corrosion. In fact, low-quality screws can result in deck discoloration and shorter lifespan. Usually, poor fasteners make decks rickety over time.


Stainless-steel or coated screws are recommended for fastening decks because they're made for pressure-treated wood. They help resist corrosion and extend a deck's service life.


Materials


It's important to understand your client's vision for the decking so that you can make the best recommendation in terms of materials. There are more choices now than ever. If your client wants the natural beauty and charm of real wood, pressure-treated cedar and redwood are excellent options. For hardwoods, there are ipe and jarrah, among others. These materials provide a premium look that no other decking wood can deliver.


Composite decking and synthetic materials are becoming popular. Vinyl, for instance, is gaining momentum in the industry because of its low-maintenance needs. While it doesn't have the natural beauty of real wood, vinyl lasts for decades.


Colors


There are other decking colors than brown, allowing you to play with different shades to add life to the structure. With the range of stains and palette, it will be easy to find the best color combination for your deck. This will help you build the deck as a seamless extension of the home's exterior rather than a separate structure that doesn't conform to the house's overall theme.


Fasteners, materials, and colors are only a few of the important factors to consider. As with any interior project, like kitchen design in Long Island, or any exterior project, you should consider all the needs and wants of your clients to help enhance their home.


Sources:


10 Things to Know About Building a Deck
bhg.com


7 Deck Building Tips
familyhandyman.com


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