Deck Building

It’s a great time to begin planning out a new deck. Instead of entertaining inside, why not build an outdoor living space in Madison?

When considering building a new deck, or refinishing your old one, you should always come up with a plan.It’s necessary to use certain techniques to build a good deck. Because Sims Exteriors and Remodeling is a full service remodeling company it has the expertise to update, expand or create a deck project from scratch.

Deck Building

To get the best out of your deck, here are some design ideas for you to take a look at.

These could all be interesting aspects to add to your deck.

Decorative railings

A gazebo or a screened area


Benches or a special seating area

A built-in grilling area

A spa or hot tub

Privacy screens

Special landscaping

Multiple levels for multiple uses

Deck Building Is A Big Project

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Even a modest deck building design can provide a new look and an enhanced enjoyment of your home.

Once you decide on your deck design, the North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA) says it will be part of an estimated 2.5 million decks to be built in the United States each year. This association states that several DIY projects often leave the homeowners unhappy. When building a deck on your own, you may anticipate things like the following:

Not obtaining the appropriate local building permits.

Improper flashing – allowing water to penetrate between the deck and the house, resulting in damage to the structure.

Using the wrong fasteners connecting the deck to the house – wrong materials, wrong size.

Poor footings – undersized footings lead to sagging decks or even collapsed decks.

The wrong materials – weather-resistant materials are essential in a deck building plan and deck designs should include tested materials for every piece, including fasteners.

Poor railing size or spacing – railings are mandated by Madison WI building codes and these codes spell out the appropriate sizes and dimensions.

Dangerous stairways – stairs with open risers, weak hand rails and narrow designs are hazardous and invite accidents.

Unsealed wood – unsealed wood will age and deteriorate faster than sealed wood of the same type, so applying an appropriate seal prolongs the useful life of a deck.

The best way to get the perfect deck, and add to your existing living space is to come up with great plans. For a most enjoyable deck, make sure to really think about the several different options.

Whether you want a brand new deck or just to update what you have, now is the time to get the designs flowing. Call us at 608-825-4500 or email us for a complete deck building experience in Madison WI today.