Considering building a deck as your next Madison WI home improvement project? There are many factors that need to be taken into account before you’re able to build a deck. Check the zoning laws and deck building codes in your area and with your home owners association. Talk to your local building inspector and find out if you need a building permit prior to starting your deck project. Not checking building requirements before you start your project can open you up to hefty fines and additional headaches, including the possibility of having to tear out work that is not to code. You should also make sure your deck is built on level ground. If your ground isn’t level, you can usually level it yourself, but this may add significant extra work and cost to your project. Even if your ground is relatively level, you still need to clear it of grass and large rocks before you can begin construction. You also need to plan whether your deck will be attached to the house or free-standing. If you plan to attach it to your house, you may need to remove the house’s siding in order to access either the wall studs or floor joists, which you’ll want to attach the deck to for stability. It is also important to make sure your deck is constructed below the frost line. You should be able to find your area’s frost line from the building inspector. If it is not constructed below the frost line, the frozen soil may expand, ultimately resulting in your deck twisting and warping over time. Seeking out an experienced contractor is a good idea unless you have a lot of experience yourself. They can help you consider the size, style, and functionality aspects of the Madison WI deck design phase. When reviewing the zoning laws and building codes, you may have discovered that you have very little leeway in selecting your deck material. Some areas have very strict zoning requirements, while others may be more lax. Wood is not your only choice of material when constructing a deck. You can now build what is called a “composite” deck, which is made out of a material that is a blend of wood and plastic. This material seems like wood and can come in a variety of textures and colors. It is lower maintenance than a traditional wooden deck, but much more expensive than wood. If you choose wood, you can opt for pressure-treated wood. This type of material strengthens the wood and prevents mildew and wood rot. Deck construction seems like an easy, do-it-yourself project, but most homeowners find that it can actually be quite overwhelming. Time saving and inherited expertise are two great drivers to hire a local deck design contractor that specializes in deck construction. Hiring a contractor will guarantee a well-constructed deck, built in compliance with all local laws and ordinances. That is, of course, assuming you’ve done your due diligence and selected a well experienced, reputable Madison WI deck builder. Tucker Family Construction is located in Broadhead, WI and provides home improvement services in Madison, WI and the surrounding areas. Our interior home remodeling services include, but are not limited to,kitchen remodeling, bathroom remodeling, basement finishing, and radon testing and mitigation. Other home improvement and construction services offered are roofing, fence and deck building, carpenter work, general contractor services, and the installation of siding, windows and doors. Call us at (608) 862-3641 today!