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Anatomy of a Well Appointed Composite Deck – Part I

So, you’ve found some great pictures of decks and deck designs that you think will fit perfectly into your backyard. You’re ready to call a deck building contractor, or so you think. You have an idea of what you want your deck to “look” like, but what about its construction? Do you really know what you’re buying? There are substructure issues that need to be considered when preparing for a deck renovation. Your deck’s substructure plays a critical role in its overall structural safety and durability. For example, have you considered under deck preparation or which type of building material to use for your joists, beams and posts? Under Deck Preparation Rainfall and melting snow can accumulate below your deck. It is important that any drainage issues be considered before the deck is built. Depending on the space under your deck, you may need to protect the area from critters…