WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW
Most decks begin in one of two ways: From the ground up, or by using an existing frame. Either way, the science-based products of Green Bay Decking provide you with many unique options for creating your perfect deck. Before you get started building, use this checklist to make sure you are ready to go!
Check with your city, state, or county to determine what permits are required, and any building code that must be followed.
Do you have a homeowner association (HOA) that you need to have check over your designs? There may be specific color and products that are required by your subdivision.
Make sure you know what is underground beneath your deck before you start digging. Cables, wires or pipes can create a problem if you accidentally bust one. It’s best to be proactive, and call for a markout of public utilities before beginning work. 811 is the National Call Before You Dig hotline.
THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE STARTING
YOUR DECK PROJECT:
If you have a smaller space, check our installation guidelines and local building codes for setback requirements. Think about building a multi-level deck to increase your outdoor space!
For larger spaces, think about creative additions and unique design elements like curves, storage benches, color inlays. You may also introduce fun outdoor items like built-in kitchens, or a hot tub.
How will you and your guests get to your deck? Does it make sense for there to be a door from the kitchen for easier access to the grill? How do they get out into the back yard so that the kids can easily run out and play? How many staircases do you need or want, spiral, straight or curved? Will you have a clear path from the door to the stairs?
SUN OR SHADE
Our products are fade resistant so no need to worry about the color of your deck fading due to direct sunlight. Often, shade just creates a more enjoyable outdoor space, especially if in southern or desert states in the summer. Try to plan your deck around the natural shade in your yard, whether it is created by trees or other buildings.
You may also want to think about different ways to create shade with a pergola, gazebo or canopy.
We recommend adding lights to enhance your deck’s appeal, as well as safety! Adding lights to the exits and stairways will help you maneuver safely at night. Lights atop the railing can create the effect of a candlelit area, and can define the deck area at night.
BUILD IN AND AROUND
There are many ways to build individual, unique features into your deck, from beautiful curves to benches & planters. You can even build around natural elements, like trees or boulders, that will allow you to enjoy nature while on your deck.