Planning is the most important part of building a deck, because, chances are, you'll be living with your design for a long time. A deck is one of the most popular home improvements that home owners will add to their property. Adding a deck not only adds to the value of your home, but provides a focal point for enjoying the outdoors. This will be the spot of many BBQ's, parties, and other social activities. The uses for a deck are as numerous as the types of decks one can build.
Ideas for your deck should be carefully thought out before the design and installation begins. Wood decks are ideal for children and pets, safety is paramount. Easy steps and stairs can be fitted to any high installation as well as non-climb spindles to protect the more adventurous child. Reinforced glass, copper, wrought iron and many more materials can be used in conjunction with our wood to give your deck or project a unique appearance.
The suns movement in relation to your garden needs to be looked at, canopies and umbrellas need to fit comfortably within your deck, barbecues and fires also need to be positioned where most practical. Lighting is another accessory that needs to be thought out properly in order to leave you with amazing results with the rights methods applied; you can achieve your dream outdoor relaxing area, which will last for generation to come.
Your house location to your property may limit the size and orientation of your deck, but within those limits you will have many choices. Placing a deck on the south or west side of your house, may be too warm during the middle of summer, however; adding a overhead protection or building around shade trees, will add all the cooling needed for your deck. The location of your deck may also add to the additional privacy you desire, or the features needed for around a hot tub or swimming pool.
A deck size and location may also be limited by local zoning ordinances or neighborhood/subdivision covenants. A large deck can look awkward when next to a smaller house as well as a small deck next to a large house. However, the most common mistake people make is building a deck that is too small.
Designing a deck can be difficult, decks can have many levels, angles, stairs and other features that many add to your new deck enjoyment. When designing decks we ask our customers questions on subjects like “How will your new deck be used” this information is key to designing on the features, sizes, shapes and future plans of your deck. Benches could be designed into the deck if the customer would be hosting outdoor BBQ for multiple guests. Planters could for the customer who like gardening and planting. Planning for a future hot tub would require extra footings to be installed or a cutout planned into the framing of the design. What type of railing should we use or how wide should the stairs be. These are all part of the planning and design steps that provide us information needed to create a perfect project that will be enjoyed year after year.
At New Image Deck Construction, we understand the value of a quality deck, and we want to help you create a beautiful deck for your home. With over 30 years of deck construction experience, our team at New Image Deck Construction can help you design the deck of you want.
Our professional team of deck builders will work with you to understand your vision and construct a deck made of the best materials. Unsure of what you're looking for in a deck design? Review our galleries to get some ideas!
Whether you are looking for a new deck or would like us to update the one you have; we are here to help. Call our team of New Image Deck Construction for your free deck estimate!
Porches, Gazebos and Pergolas can be an excellent addition to your home. At New Image Deck Construction, we know you want to add something special to your home, which is why we work with you to understand your overall desire and goal for the new addition.
Unsure of the materials you want to use or need some design inspiration? Our team has 30 plus years of porches, gazebo and pergola building experience, and can offer knowledgeable suggestions to help you pick the perfect materials and design.
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How does a helical pier work?
Engineers have determined that the amount of force a pier can resist is proportional to the amount of torque that’s required to spin them into the ground. So, the beauty of this foundation system is that you’re guaranteed to end up with a solid footing every time. That’s because the installer will monitor a torque meter that’s attached to the drive head and will keep on drilling down until the required amount of torque is met.
Helical piers for poor soil conditions.
Combating poor soil condition is where helical piers have traditionally been used. If you have to build a lighthouse in a swamp, digging down fifty feet to hit solid soil is not a great option. But driving down a bunch of piers is relatively easy.
Helical piers to strengthen existing footings.
Beefing up existing footings has become another common example where helical piers are being used. If a contractor is hired to add a second story addition to a home, it’s probable that the existing footings were not engineered to handle the additional weight. Instead of excavating around the entire foundation to increase its size, the contractor could drive helical piers into the soil alongside the existing foundation and fasten the two together with straps and brackets. Of course, an engineer would have to come up with the exact size and spacing, but that would also be the case if concrete footings were to be installed.
Helical piers for deck footings.
Helical piers are also fast becoming the go-to footing solution for decks, porches and additions. No matter how hard you try, the use of the heavy equipment needed to build concrete footings is going to destroy a finished yard and likely frustrate the homeowner. Helical piers don’t require any excavation, and there’s no need for concrete trucks. There are some walk-behind machines that are so small and maneuverable that they can even drive down piers inside a home.
The benefits of helical piers vs. standard masonry footings:
· High capacity capabilities
· Vertical or horizontal load stabilization
· Quick and efficient installation
· Can reach tight spaces
· Less mess / No excavating required
· No need to bell a hole for a concrete pier footing
· No hauling out fill
· Accurate installations
· Unlimited depth
· Can be installed in the winter
· Can’t freeze, crack or heave
· Can’t fill up with water
· Can be removed
· Fast installations
· No dry times/ ready for instant use
· One-time visual inspections
· Brackets on a threaded rod can be set and fine-tuned to a desired height
· Custom brackets can be made
Can steer around or power through most rocks that are basketball size or smaller
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