Everyone makes mistakes, but you don’t want a mistake to cost you thousands of additional dollars when building a new deck. Designing and building a deck can be a complicated process, so mistakes are easy to make. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of some of the most common mistakes that you’ll want to avoid.

Deck design mistakes to avoid

Not Accounting for Lifestyle

When designing a deck, make sure you’re practical. How would your new deck fit into your life? Will it affect current foot traffic? Will small children or animals need to access it? Who’s going to use it the most? These are just some of the many questions that you should ask yourself to avoid building a deck that impedes your lifestyle. You’ll also want to consider what you want to be able to do on your new deck.

Forgetting About the Landscape

Sometimes, homeowners don’t consider the landscape of their home before they build a deck. A deck that looks into a neighbor’s yard or that is surrounded by too many trees may not be the best option. Consider where you want to build your deck, keeping in mind everything that surrounds your home. How will sunlight hit your deck throughout the day? Will the deck be too bright or too shaded? It’s better to consider the landscape now than in the building phase when adjustments can be more costly and time-consuming. 

Unsafe Stairs and Railings

Some step designs look nice, but they aren’t necessarily the safest. Think about your deck’s foot traffic. Who will be going up and down the stairs? Open space between stairs can be a safety hazard not only for kids but also for the most abled adults. Steps that are too narrow or uneven can also be dangerous. If you have stairs, it is also a good idea to incorporate a properly leveled guardrail or handrail.

Using Improper Materials

Deck materials that are popular in an area like southern California may not be the best option for decks in the Mid-Atlantic region. The Mid-Atlantic region encounters brutal weather conditions, so you’ll want to choose materials that can withstand the elements. While most people only consider the deck flooring material, it’s also important to consider things such as bolts, fasteners, beams, and flashing. 

North American Deck and Patio Helps You Avoid Mistakes

Avoid mistakes when building a new deck with the expert builders at North American Deck and Patio. We are a Columbia, MD decking company with over 25 years of experience. From start to finish, we’ll help you make the best decisions for your new deck. Contact us now to get started. 


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