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Building a Deck in Your Backyard – DIY Tips

Posted on 07 April 2018 by admin (0)

Due to the fact that most decks are made of wood, they are expected to rot after some time. A deck composed of treated lumber beams, joists and posts can last for about 15-25 years depending on the climatic condition of the place it is in, how much water it endures and most importantly, how it is built. In most cases, it’s the treated lumber framing that rots and not the deck boards.

Hence, we decided to come up with three basic tips that will help extend the lifespan of your deck structure to about 30-50 years Yeah, you read that right. In fact, if you use exotic woods such as Ipe or Massaranduba which most architects use, they can last close 40-50 years


One of the major reasons deck structures get decayed is due to the water penetrating into the joints of the deck through the screw holes. The water moves from underneath the deck boards into the screw holes forcing it to rot. To reduce water penetrating into the boards, you can use Grace Vycor Plus Flexible Flashing


As much as you don’t want the deck joists to come in contact with the grade underneath, you should also avoid the post bases being positioned in the same manner, i.e., you should not encase it in the concrete or allow it to sit in contact with concrete. Raise the post bases few inches from the concrete or soil to prevent it from coming in contact with moisture and organic material.


Some people might think this is a little over the top, but wood decks actually require a protective coat finish to maintain their looks and for an extended lifespan.  There are varieties of sealers and stains to use in different color. Apply this finish on the deck as recommended by the manufacturer. For treated lumber, you’ll have to wait for some months before the finish is applied. Finally, you need to periodically clean and reapply finish; you can do this every couple of years.

If you live in the Phoenix East Valley, I recommend some local painting experts to apply exterior paint.  You should give these guys a call if you feel inadequate with the staining, coating, and painting. Check them out at:

If you are feeling brave about doing it all yourself, here is a great YouTube video to help with some of the tips: