A well designed and built deck presents one of the true joys of modern living. Integrating the indoor with the outdoor, the backyard deck expands the usable area of your home, adds bottom line value like few other things can and opens up your social life to a host of new possibilities. Decks should never be planned or implemented willy-nilly so you may want to keep the DIY impulse in check when determining who will be designing and building your backyard deck.
An article on thestar.com website helps bring the DIY issue into focus:
…if you like doing these things yourself, beware that if the deck is not properly secured to your home, it could lead to water in the basement later. In addition, improper design and construction could lead to the deck rotting out and collapsing under the weight of people on it. If it happens, you will be liable for any injuries caused to guests who may be visiting your home.
You see, a backyard deck can be an absolute liability if it’s done poorly. But it can add significant curb and resale value to your home if done properly. In fact, ROI for a deck is estimated to be nearly double that of a patio, or about 75% of the original investment. If it’s done well. Which makes the argument for using a first class decking company pretty compelling.
Besides ROI what are some of the other reasons you’ll want to consider a professional decking company over doing it yourself? Maybe a better question is why would you want to do it yourself if you don’t have the proper training? Sure you could turn to the Internet for some timely DIY advice but most of the DIY sites out there seem like something out of Monty Python. If you’ve never heard Monty Python’s famous formula for ridding the world of all known diseases it goes like this:
First become doctor and discover a marvelous cure for something. Then when the medical world really starts to take notice you can jolly-well tell them what to do and make sure they get everything right so there’ll never be diseases anymore!
DIY decking sites are similar. In fact I got this from one of them: “If you want to join your deck to your house, be careful not to block off any air bricks or interfere with the damp-proof course.” Do you know what an air brick is? Would you know if you were interfering with a damp-proof course?
There’s another site out there that says it will show you how to build your own deck and then says the way to build your own deck is to hire their decking company to do it for you. OK. And yet another that will show you how to build a “deck” that’s little more than some boards set down over a slab of concrete. Sure it’s technically a “deck”, but is it really what you had in mind?
There are other things involved in building a deck as well. Things like building codes which if you ignore or do a poor job of adhering to will result in an order from the city to remove your DIY masterpiece.
Don’t Gamble With The Value of Your Home: Hire a Professional Decking Company
The point of all this is that there are some things lend themselves to the DIY impulse and some things – like backyard decks (and curing the world of all known diseases) – that don’t. Being able to build sound structures with engaging designs takes years of training and experience so when you hire a first class decking company like Toronto Custom Decks you know you’ll get a finished product you can be proud of.
And That’s Where Toronto Custom Decks Come In
We’ve been creating backyard experiences for the homeowners of Greater Toronto for over a decade. Our highly trained staff is composed of top pros from all relevant building trades who come together to deliver the best landscaping, fencing, custom kitchens and baths and backyard decks you can buy. Our portfolio speaks for itself but doesn’t tell the whole story because for that, you need to see our team in action. Call us today at 647-878-8780 and set up an appointment to discuss your backyard deck plans with us. We’ll help you realize your dreams and avoid the pitfalls of DIY construction.