How to Build a Deck

Building the perfect deck is more than just an addition to your home or cottage; it’s creating a haven for relaxation and entertainment. When you envision a deck, it’s crucial to think through not just the design, but also the practical aspects which will ensure it stands the test of time… And the Elements!

Start by considering the purpose of your deck. Will it be a cozy spot for morning coffees or a robust space for large family gatherings? This vision will shape the size, materials, and design. 


Selecting the right materials is key. Whether you choose pressure-treated wood for its affordability or cedar for its beauty and natural resistance to rot, each material has its benefits and care requirements.


A solid foundation is crucial, especially in our Northern climate where frost heave shifts the ground every spring. Concrete footings that extend below the frost line secure your deck’s structure for years to come.

As with any construction project, attention to small details like waterproofing is critical. We recommend going above and beyond the building code and install a water-proofing membrane on top of the joists (the framing members supporting the deck boards) to extend their lifetime. Another area to pay close attention to is how the deck is attached to the house. If the waterproofing is sloppy or non-existent in this area, not only your deck but your house may get water damage over time.


Water management is another critical aspect. Proper drainage ensures that water doesn’t pool on the deck, which can lead to wood rot. Small gaps between decking boards allow water to escape, promoting longevity and ease of maintenance.

Safety should never be an afterthought. Including features like railings and well-placed lighting ensures that everyone can navigate the space safely.

Adherence to local building codes and obtaining the necessary permits is an important aspect of building, so be sure not to overlook these details. Regulations are designed to ensure that your deck is not only beautiful but built to a standard that guarantees safety and increases the value of your property.


If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the details or hesitant about DIY, Manitoulin Timber Frames is here to help. We have the expertise to bring your decking project to life. Reach out to us, and let’s transform your outdoor space into the deck you’ve always imagined.

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