How much does an outdoor deck cost?
A new backyard deck will help transform and extend your living space and make your home feel bigger and more inviting for you and your guests. The addition of an outdoor deck is also one of the most effective ways to add value to your home. Installing an outside deck will give you more space to entertain guests, relax and spend quality time with the family.
When it comes to the cost of an outdoor deck, there is rarely one standard price. The cost of your outdoor deck will depend on whether building your deck is a DIY or professional build job, the materials you choose to use, how you decide to decorate and whether you make any costly mistakes during the build.
At Park Road Timber and Hardware, we’re here to help you keep the costs of your outdoor deck down with a number of helpful building and design tips.
Mistakes to avoid when building your outdoor deck
Designing and constructing your own outdoor deck may seem like a daunting task. There is a lot more to consider than most people realise. This means it’s important to be prepared so that you don’t make any of these all too common outdoor decking mistakes.
Using the wrong materials
Using the wrong materials is one of the worst mistakes you can make when building your floor decking. Outdoor spaces are constantly exposed to the elements and will need to withstand a variety of harsh weather conditions.
When choosing the materials for your outdoor deck, it is important to consider whether you want the sleek and durable look of a steel frame, or a more common outdoor timber decking style. Both have their advantages and disadvantages. Steel is sturdy but far more expensive and difficult to work with. Conversely, timber decking if not properly cared for has the potential to deteriorate and warp over time. Depending on the materials you choose, you will have to make further decisions to ensure your decking is protected for the years to come.
Taking too long to waterproof your deck
If you’re going for the classic wooden deck look, it is absolutely essential that you apply a waterproof coating on your timber as soon as possible. The longer you wait to apply your waterproof coating, the more time your deck will have to deteriorate leading to costly repairs in the future. You will get the best results from your waterproof coating if you apply it onto freshly installed wood. Depending on the brand, you may be required to apply multiple coats for best results.
Choosing the wrong fasteners
The only fasteners that should be used for your outdoor deck are ones that have been approved for deck-use. If they are not deck approved, the fastener may corrode more quickly and react poorly with the preservative ingredients in the wood.
Incorrectly measuring railings
One of the major mistakes DIY deck builders make is incorrectly measuring the height of railings or the spacing of the balusters. It is important that all outdoor decks meet the safety standards set by the local council to help prevent the likelihood of falls or injuries.
Outdoor deck decorating tips
The way you choose to decorate your outdoor decking will help determine how costly your build is. There are a number of ways to help ensure your outdoor deck is a comfortable place to spend time. Depending on your budget, you have the freedom to choose just how much or little you do to your deck.
Incorporate a fire pit
A fire pit is one of those things that really adds something special to the look and feel of the space. Fire pits can be a cost effective way to warm up your outdoor deck and create an intimate atmosphere. If you choose to add a fire pit to your decking, make sure you follow all safety guidelines.
Light your space
Lighting can often go overlooked when it comes to decorating an outdoor deck. By adding lighting to your space, you will not only increase the safety for you and your guests, you will also create an inviting atmosphere for everyone to enjoy.
Furniture is one of the easiest ways to add style and comfort to your decking area. Depending on your needs, there are a number of affordable outdoor furniture options available. Or, if you’re looking for a more luxurious outdoor space, there’s an equal amount of stylish designer furniture to suit. It is recommended that people buy outdoor furniture that fits within a colour scheme and is the right size for your deck.
Build your dream deck with Park Road Timber & Hardware
Park Road Timber & Hardware has over 60 years of experience in helping people and tradies get access to quality building materials. We understand just how important it is to get your project done right. Our team has the best advice and quality tools to help with any DIY project.