Try reading some of the archived posts in this NG. Frustrated deck
owners complain over and over about maintenance problems, rebuilding,
warping, etc. That should comprise an adequate data sample for you.
However, if you are happy with your installation, use it often, then
logically you made the right choice. Prospective builders, though,
should know both pros and cons that may affect them.
re: "maintenance problems, rebuilding, warping, etc."
Yes, I've read many of those posts, but I don't recall too many (any?)
of them ending with "I wish it never existed".
If I recall these posts correctly, they all seem to want to make their
decks work better/look nicer, but nobody asks about how to tear them
You used a telling word in your response - "rebuilding". If these
posters really thought that "Decks Are For Dummies" and their decks
were "mostly little used", why would they rebuild them? Seems to be
like a weekend of demolition would make the "complaints" go away on a
more permanent basis.
Of course, I'm just speculating here, but I gotta think that if people
are asking about how to fix their decks, then they are using them.
I'll agree with "knowing the pros and cons" before beginning any
project, but I guess I just don't see questions about deck maintenance
equating to a growing sentiment against them. If that were the case,
couldn't we say the same thing about questions related to mold in
bathrooms, leaky attics and crumbling garage floors?
Sounds to me it makes the opposite case-- folks use their decks enough
that they want to repair them rather than take them out.
Agree there--- I had a deck by an above ground pool for 20 years. I've
gotten more use out of the paver patio that I put in 5 yrs ago. But
when it was needed, the deck served a purpose.
If the landscaping around my house was different I'd have to build a
deck where my patio is.
Home Depot used to have software that would help with the design.
I am not sure if they still do but I know they will design your deck
It is a good idea to get someone experienced to design the deck for
If it is more the 3' high or attached to the house I would have an
inspector look at
it during construction.
This is not for "dummies". The last thing you want is the deck
collapsing -full of guests
and a lit BBQ.
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