Can I build a deck directly on the ground?
Can I build a deck directly on the ground?
Yes, you can build a deck directly on the ground, but with some conditions. A deck on the ground must be built with ground-contact wood, and the substructure needs to be adapted for minimal height. Even though technically a ground level deck is elevated up to 24”, here we will discuss decks built less than 8” high.
Should a deck be built level?
A solid deck needs to be sloped between a 1/8″ (3mm) and ¼” (6mm) per foot to encourage water drainage. Decks with properly gapped decking boards require no slope as rain will naturally run off the boards even when level. Sloping a deck with gaps between the boards will not drain the rain any faster.
What is decking not wood called?
Also called vinyl decking, PVC decking boards are a popular synthetic choice for busy spaces where pets and kids spend time. Unlike composite decking, vinyl decking is entirely synthetic and doesn’t include any wood material.
Does building a deck add value to your home?
The addition of a wood deck costs an average of $13,333 and the average resale value of it is $10,083. This means homeowners could recoup about 75.6% of the cost once it’s time to sell the home. Adding a deck to your home may seem like a big expense, but it could be worth it in the future.
What do you put under decking?
If you’re laying your deck straight onto the ground, cover the area with a layer of weed control fabric. Then add 40 mm to 50 mm of gravel on top. The other method is to create concrete pads for the deck to sit on top of. This will reduce the likelihood of moisture seeping into the frame and causing damage.
What should you not do when building a deck?
5 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Building a Deck
- Poor planning. Building a deck takes a lot of planning.
- Improper footers. Every structure is only as good as its foundation.
- Wrong materials.
- Improperly installed ledger boards.
- Not following manufacturers’ instructions.
Does decking cause damp?
This has been caused by the height of the decking in the back garden which is allowing water to breach the DPC. The survey has recommended lowering the decking to 150mm below the DPC but there is a manhole cover under the decking which would be exposed if the decking was lowered by that amount.
Does decking attract rats?
The simple answer is NO – in isolation, garden decking does not ‘attract’ rats and there are several easy things you can do to deter rats from your garden. Rats are attracted to readily available sources of food and water – the most common example being the abundance of spilled nuts or seeds from bird feeders.
What can you use instead of decking?
Cheaper alternatives to decking
- Gravel. Most people don’t consider gravel as an option but it can be a good alternative.
- Rubber mats.
- Poured concrete.
- Pallet decking.
- Bark chippings.
- Self binding gravel.
- DIY decking kits.
What’s the best way to build a deck?
If securing your decking with footings, make sure there are no cables or pipes underneath where you want to dig. Rent a cable avoidance tool (CAT) to conduct these checks and if found, we suggest reconsidering your decking plans. Or consider installing a hinged trap door in your decking to allow future access to the area.
Why is the wood on my deck turning black?
Whether you’ve gone for cheap decking or something sturdier and longer-lasting, blackening is a risk, especially after a long, wet winter. When fungus meets wet wood, the tannin in the timber reacts and forms a horrible black stain.
What to do if your wood deck is slippery?
If your wooden decking is slippery, blackened, faded, dirty, warped or marred by unsightly gaps, all is not lost. Read on for expert advice about getting timber decking back into tip top condition for a long, hot, lazy summer of alfresco fun. Our blog post about stopping slippery decking is one of the most popular ‘how to’ resources on our site.
What can I use to make my wood deck not flex?
After all, wood flexes so you can’t use something that doesn’t flex with the substrate. Luckily a good wood filling product, which acts like an epoxy filler, should do the trick. The instructions vary by manufacturer, but the basics are the same.