so if youre in the planning stages for a new deck, consider alternatives to wood and check out some composite deck designs. you can build yourself a low-maintenance deck using the same tools as you would a wood deck, and similar techniques. and most parts of a deck are now available in composite material.
this guide will offer some basic instructions on how to build a 12x20-foot deck, including the preliminary elements with a foundation of concrete piers, and steel reinforcement set in soil, using 2x8 joists and 2x6 decking. step 1 - review the preliminaries
so i set about learning how to build a deck step by step with my friend dave. to build a deck, start by: 1. placing concrete deck blocks about every 3-5. they dont need to be level with each other but should be level with the ground, so shovel the ground as needed.
to install, follow these two easy steps: apply an exterior-grade construction adhesive to the inside of the three-sided section and slide it firmly around the post apply an exterior-grade construction adhesive to the inside of the remaining piece and slide into place
youll probably need a permit to build your porch, too getting all of your approvals up-front is one of the biggest steps toward building your porch. step 3: plan your railings, steps, and porch stair railing. before you start building, you want to evaluate the existing look, style, structure, and materials of your home.
step 4: plan your porch construction materials. now that youve got a rough design for your porch, you know how large it will be. youll also know if youre building it completely out of wood, composite decking, or if your design will incorporate stone flooring or even tile or brick.
then the entire assembly is locked in position with rust-resistant screws. the process is repeated on the other side. finally, adhesive is applied to the composite post caps and they're set in place. the posts on the porch deck have an inner steel column with a mounting flange at the bottom.