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4-Steps to Building a Deck

Guest Post - Monday, April 15, 2019

Arguably, the most important step in any construction process is planning. Many questions are answered in this phase, which ultimately affect the end-result of your project.


Wood deck surrounded by greent tress

Materials, costs, contractors and timeline are all subjects that need to be covered before breaking ground. Fortunately, Wilson Lumber has been helping Huntsville residents bring their building ideas to life for 70 years now. So, don’t hesitate to consult us when starting your next project. We can help you get started on the right foot and avoid unnecessary headaches down the road.


Whether you plan on building a deck yourself or hiring a contractor for the job, safety is paramount with codes constantly changing to keep up with the advancement of building materials. Get familiarized with the current codes, pull permits when required, and use quality materials. If you’re not an expert, then hire an expert. We have great relationships with contractors in the area and will help you make an introduction. Plus, you’ll have the added benefit of knowing the materials your contractor uses will be of Wilson Lumber quality.

Finishing Touches

Your deck should reflect your custom needs and personal tastes. Once the boards have been laid, the real magic starts to happen. Whether choosing a railing system, baluster design, post covers, post caps or lighting, the combinations and customizations are endless. We partner with a variety of manufacturers, which allows you to see many different products all in one location. While you’re here, take the opportunity to bounce your ideas off one of the expert staff members, and they will recommend the best product to complete your dream deck.


For Pressure Treated Pine, like the YellaWood® brand carried here at Wilson Lumber, use a quality water repellent on an annual basis. It’s important to apply this within six-weeks of the project’s completion for best results, if the wood is dry enough. Composites require no sealing or staining. However, stains and/or mildew can develop if wet leaves accumulate on the deck. A periodic scrubbing can help keep a composite deck looking good. Exotic hardwoods like Brazilian require regular cleaning/ brushing, oiling, and applying a UV inhibitor, which helps decking stay better looking, longer. No matter the material you use, be sure to consult the manufacturer’s best practices on care and maintenance.

Sponsored by Great Southern Wood Preserving, in Abbeville, AL, maker of YellaWood® pressure treated pine and distributor of TimberTech® by Azek composite decking and rails, Aeratis Porch Flooring, Fiberon® composite decking and railing, FastenMaster® fastners and Fortress Railing Products.


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