Installing a deck takes a lot of work. This is true no matter the material type you use. Building decks takes time, and even when working with strong construction materials, like composite metal decking, you need to be careful as it’s possible to quickly and easily damage materials and tools. That said, with the right approach, you can reduce the risk of mishaps.
First, it’s often wise to start at the front of the deck and to work towards the building. This way, if you have to make any rips later on, they will be less noticeable as they are closer to the building. You might think that starting near the building and then building out will be better, but that’s often not the case.
It’s also smart to create a deck jig. This is true whether you’re using wood or composite materials. A deck jib will allow you to make perfectly positioned pilot holes more easily. This can make the whole installation process much more approachable.
It’s important to ensure that screws, nails, and the like are all well-placed. If you don’t get it right, you may have to redo much of the work. Your deck may end up less stable and prone to other problems as well.
Of course, you should also make sure you select the best tools and materials. Composite metal decking will often last longer than other materials, but it must be installed right. Need help selecting the right deck solution? Feel free to reach out to your local decking company.