Imagine spending thousands of dollars on a new Geelong timber deck for your home only to have it turn into disaster? Imagine having to pull it down and start all over again?

In this blog, we’ll look at some of the common problems that can go wrong with timber deck projects when they’re not completed correctly. We’ll also show you how you can ensure your new timber deck is a masterpiece and not a disaster.

6 common deck disasters

Like any construction projects, challenges can arise when building a new Geelong timber deck. Here are some of the common issues that can occur during the design and building process that can result in disaster.

  1. Poor planning and design: One of the most common mistakes in deck construction is insufficient planning and design. Rushing into the project without a well-thought-out plan can lead to design flaws, inadequate structural support and an overall unsatisfactory result. It’s crucial to invest time in comprehensive planning and design work to ensure the deck will meet your needs and local building codes.
  2. Inadequate foundation: The foundation of your deck is its backbone. Problems will likely arise when the footings or piers are not properly installed or are insufficient for the size and weight of the deck. This can result in a structurally compromised deck that may sag or shift over time. Ensuring a solid foundation is critical to the longevity and stability of the structure.
  3. Poor material selection: Choosing the wrong type of timber or using low-quality materials can lead to various issues, such as premature decay, warping or insect infestations.
  4. Inadequate ventilation: Proper ventilation is crucial to prevent moisture build-up and wood rot. Lack of airflow beneath the deck can contribute to fungal growth and decay. Ensuring adequate ventilation through proper spacing between boards and using a design that allows for air circulation beneath the deck is essential to maintaining the integrity of the timber.
  5. Improper fastening and joinery: Insufficient or improper fastening methods can lead to structural weaknesses. Inadequate screws, bolts, or nails, or poorly executed joinery, may result in loose or unstable deck components. Using high-quality fasteners and employing precise joinery techniques is vital for the overall stability and safety of the deck.
  6. Lack of proper maintenance: The last issue is not about the design or building of the Geelong timber deck, it’s about lack of maintenance. Most timber decks require ongoing maintenance to ensure issues such as fading, discoloration or decay don’t occur over time.

The above list certainly isn’t complete. Other failures that can occur include decks pulling away from the home and a failure of one or more support posts or joists. Another common failure, for those timber decks that require protection due to their height above ground, is a failure of one or more of the rails that surround the deck.

No disasters. How to ensure a Geelong timber deck masterpiece

Building a new timber deck for your Geelong home can be an exciting project. If done well, it will enhance your outdoor living space and add value to your home.

So, how can you make sure your timber deck is a masterpiece and not a disaster? Easy, get Outside Concepts to design and build your Geelong timber deck.

Geelong branch manager Jaan McKenzie has a wealth of experience in building all manner of outside structures, including timber decks. Like all our branches, Jaan is committed to providing a quality project and process, from the initial meeting and design, through to the council planning and build. He’ll even clean-up at the end.

With Outside Concepts, you’ll also have the peace of mind of our 10-year structural guarantee on everything we build, including our decks. This means that if something does go wrong, we will come and fix it, free of charge.

Looking for a solution to your outdoor lifestyle? Call us now for a free quote on 1800 601 674.

How do you ensure your new Geelong timber deck is a masterpiece and not a disaster?
How do you ensure your new Geelong timber deck is a masterpiece and not a disaster?