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Decks Cedar Rapids
Decks Are for Lounging, Not Just Pools
Chances are, if you have a pool, you have a deck. Decks are not uncommon in the Cedar Rapids, Iowa area. Not every area in Cedar Rapids is covered in cornfields, despite popular belief. Summers can become hazy, hot, and humid, just like anywhere else in the United States. In-ground or above ground pools become very popular places to be in the summer. An above ground pool deck usually comes with the pool installation, or the homeowner chooses to build one themselves. However, an above ground pool is usually not the place for folding chairs, so sitting up on the deck is usually not an option. In-ground pools need to have a deck for people to lounge around and catch some rays. It is also a good way to keep people from tracking dirt, mud, and other debris into the pool. Concrete is typically the most common deck you will see, but that can get rather boring quickly. A nice wooden deck makes a great conversation piece. Invite a few people over, and you have a perfect time for a cookout.
The first thing you need to know about decks is the building codes. When and where are guardrails required? How many stairs will you need for your guests to access the pool and other areas? How deep is your pool? Will fencing around it be required to keep young children, animals, and others safe? Will you need a building permit to put the deck around the pool? Where is your property line? Will any section of your pool or deck be close enough to your neighbor’s property that you will need their permission to build? Will building a deck disturb the general well-being of the yard? These are just some basic questions you will need to have answered before your can begin your project. It would be rather awkward if part of the deck surrounding your pool was located on your neighbor’s property line. You may have to invite your neighbors to every pool party you have to smooth things over.
Not all decks come in the same shape or size, or even use the same materials. What kind of shape are you thinking of building? Does it get the most use out of the yard you have available? Does it add to the curb appeal of your home without making it look cluttered? No one wants to see a crowded deck. It is also ideal to have an idea of how the deck will be shaded, as depending on the material, the sun beating down on the deck all day can make it extremely hot in the summer.
Diagonal decks are the most popular. Installing it at a 45 degree angle across the joists increases the strength of the deck frame, preventing racking. You will likely not have to install sway bracing if you choose a diagonal design. However, depending on the type of material you use, you may have to reduce your joist spacing to 12 inches on center to help support the diagonal span. A diagonal deck is more labor intensive, as it does require more cuts, but in the end, beauty and craftsmanship will pay off. You will have a beautiful place to spend those warm summer days and nights.
Horizontal decks are the easiest method for finishing a surface. Before you get started, install sway bracing to protect the deck from racking. Lay the boards parallel to house over the joists. The boards should be fastened at every joist by two nails, two screws, or some kind of fastening system. If the deck you are building is less than 20 feet wide, you should be able to finish it without the use of butt joints or splices. You can carefully plan the size of the deck to reduce waste and cost.
Decking inlay is a creative way to add some flair to your deck project. Use a combination of contrasting colors, shapes, and angles to make a bold statement. When someone steps up on your deck for the first time, they will be sure to notice it is special. Octagons, compass roses, and curved designs may seem challenging and time consuming, but once they are done, they will be the focal point of the deck. Curved inlays are difficult for even professionals to plan and create, as there is more wasted material from getting things to fit in the design just right. While they do not have to be avoided altogether, you do have to make sure you are working with a professional who is up for the challenge of getting it right.
A very important step in planning to build a deck is to consider how you are going to finish it. Yes, the right stain or paint can make it look beautiful for years to come, but what is the weather like in your area? Is it damp or cold often? Are the winters harsh? Any lingering dampness or icy, cold winters can rot the wood on your deck if not properly treated. It may be a good idea for you to weatherproof your deck. This will save you a lot of time and money from replacing a deck that is rotten or worn. No one wants to be responsible for injuries from a deck that is collapsing or falling apart. Keeping the deck clean is important, too. You would not want to track any dirt, debris, or bacteria into your home. It may be a good idea to invest in a power washer or have the deck power washed professionally a couple of times a year.