How to install a sun deck?

Welcoming and resistant, a wooden deck is also quite simple to install. Here are a few videos to guide you in the choice of the design and the construction of your deck.

Our recommendations:

  • Consult your property advisor or the local authorities to be sure about your project feasibility and required authorisations.
  • Always follow the instructions for each product or tool you use.
  • The ground has to be stable, firm and flat.
  • Choose a strong, rot-proof and certified wood. It also has to be treated against fungi, decay, mould and termites.
  • Store the wooden boards in a dry and ventilated place.
  • Leave gaps to allow the dilatation of the wood.
  • Wash the deck twice a year with a scrubbing brush and water.
  • Regularly apply oil and varnish coating to keep it in good condition.
  • Check the ventilation of the structure and the draining of rainwater.

How to Build a Deck

Tools and materials:

  • Electric driller
  • Measuring tape
  • Shovel
  • Level
  • Saw
  • Square
  • Screws
  • Nails
  • Gravel
  • Weed control fabric

Key steps:

  1. Carefully plan the location and the size of your site.
  2. Mark the location of the deck and remove the lawn.
  3. Lay the weed control fabric.
  4. Cover the fabric with a layer of gravel.
  5. Cut and assemble the frame and the joists.
  6. Install the deck boards.

How to build a deck

Tools:

  • Measuring tape
  • Shovel
  • Level
  • Hammer
  • Circular saw
  • String line

Key steps:

  1. Prepare the area and mark the posts.
  2. Remove the turf.
  3. Dig the posts holes.
  4. Lay the deck bearers, check the level and fix.
  5. Assemble and fix the frame.
  6. Pour concrete to solidify.
  7. Install the sleepers.
  8. Fix the deck boards, allowing a little space between them.

How to Build an 8x10 Deck for Beginners

Tools and materials:

  • String line
  • Shovel
  • Electric drill
  • Circular saw
  • Hand saw
  • Sander
  • Hammer
  • Nail gun
  • Nails
  • Screws
  • Concrete
  • Gravel
  • Plastic sheet

Key steps:

  1. Mark the position of the deck and the posts holes.
  2. Dig the posts holes.
  3. Pour the dry concrete, then the water. Cover then let dry overnight.
  4. Install the corner posts and check the level and plumb.
  5. Install the sides, front and back frames, then the middle post.
  6. Lay the plastic sheet then gravel to control weed growing.
  7. Assemble and fix the joists.
  8. Cut the posts to the appropriate height.
  9. Cut and assemble the steps. Reinforce with a post on each side of the stairs.
  10. Install the ground and deck boards. Trim the excess of wood.
  11. Finish with the guardrail.
  12. Use a sander to smooth all surfaces.

How To Build A Deck Frame- DIY At Bunnings

This video details the deck frame construction.

Tools and Materials:

  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Coach bolts
  • Scarf joints
  • Joist hangers

Key steps:

  1. Once the foundations are laid, install the bearers.
  2. Fit the joists.
  3. Check the level. Now you're ready to lay the deck.

This article to learn how to install a sun deck was written by Cécile Lessard

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