When you live in a warm, tropical climate like Tampa, a deck can turn an already beautiful backyard into a homeowner’s perfect getaway. That is, if your deck is properly designed and constructed.
Unfortunately, many Tampa-area homeowners decide to forgo a handyman’s help and tackle deck-building projects on their own. Without the help of a professional handyman, Tampa homeowners can run into the following DIY deck-building mistakes, creating a deck that’s more of a pain than a paradise.
1. Incomplete Deck Designs
Many homeowners go into deck-building projects without a fully formed design plan for their deck. It’s important that your building plan is structurally sound and engineered for regular use. If you’re not confident in your ability to design a deck on your own, it is important to enlist help from a professional Tampa-area handyman or designer.
2. Building Without a Permit
Unless you want to get in trouble with your local village or municipality, a permit is essential for any deck-building project in the Tampa area. You can learn more about permits on the city of Tampa’s website, in their construction services section.
3. Poorly Installed Footings
If your deck’s footings are not properly installed, your deck can develop dangerous structural concerns. For Tampa-area homeowners, that means installing footings at least 12 inches into the soil, ensuring the soil itself is undisturbed, and checking that footings are level after installation.
4. Incorrect Joints & Fastenings
One of the most common mistakes made by DIY homeowners is the use of incorrect joints and fasteners. Common mistakes include bolting beams to the sides of posts (rather than on top), poorly attached deck ledgers, and failing to follow best practice guidelines when using screws and fasteners.
5. Poorly Spaced Stairs
When building stairs for your deck, it’s important to make sure all steps are correctly spaced. Too much variance between steps can easily lead to accidents and injuries. The biggest problem area to watch out for? The bottom step, which is often left taller than others.
6. No Weather-Proofing
If you build a deck in Tampa, you can be sure that it will see plenty of sun, humidity, and rain. That means taking the time to learn about different decking materials and weather-proofing methods. A local hardware store or a professional handyman can help you ensure that your deck is built for the Tampa climate.
7. Failure to Plan for Use
If you fail to plan for how your deck will be used, you can run into problems after it is built. Even a gorgeous looking deck can be a big problem if you haven’t planned where seating will go, how you’ll run gas to your grill, or what you’ll do to protect people from the sun.
The handymen at ANDY OnCall® Tampa can give you the deck of your dreams — without any of the problems of a DIY job. Call Tampa’s trusted handyman service today at (813) 961-2600 to get a FREE estimate on your deck-building project.