Adding a redwood deck to your home offers a multitude of possibilities when it comes to enjoying the California sun and amazing weather. Your new deck can offer a sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of the day, or serve as the hub for gatherings with family and friends.
Redwood decks can get expensive, especially if you have one professionally installed. But, if you are looking for ways to cut costs without sacrificing the look and design you want, you can build one yourself! Tashman Home Center is here to help!
Getting Started on Redwood Deck
Once you have decided on your design, you want to check your local building codes. In some cases, you will need a permit before any construction begins. this will ensure that you avoid any issues with code enforcement and compliance during your redwood deck project.
Create Your Foundation
To start construction of your new redwood deck, you must first create your footings. These must be set in concrete and meet local codes. Proper installation of your deck footings is essential to the stability and safety, so it’s important to get it right. The depth of your footings will depend on your regional location, and will also need to be below the frost line. Redwood decks can be freestanding or attached to your home. If you are attaching your deck to your home, you will need to install a ledger. The ledger and footings will make sure that your redwood deck is safe, solid, and level.
A Square Support Frame
Once you have the footings and ledger in place, it is time to start attaching the joists and make sure they are properly set and square. You can find all the fasteners and measuring tools you will need for your new redwood deck at Tashman Home Center. Making sure that your support frame is square is absolutely imperative for a long lasting, solid redwood deck.
Boards and Fasteners
Wood boards are full of imperfections, so be sure to select the highest quality (and straightest) boards you can find. There are several options when it comes to fasteners. You can choose to attach screws from below or from the edge at an angle. Either way, it is important to make sure that your fasteners are labeled for outdoor use. Board spacing is also important for redwood decks. In general, 1/8 inch spacing is used to accommodate expansion and contraction.
Tashman Home Center
As your neighborhood home improvement store in West Hollywood, Tashman Home Center, is the place to head to for any hardwood supplies you need to make any home improvements or anything else that might strike your fancy, including window and door repair and replacement. Visit our Hardware Store or shop on line at TashmanHomeCenter.com for all your hardware supply needs from light fixtures to paint brushes, cleaning products and more!