Hardwood decks are highly desirable for homeowners because they are naturally beautiful and provide a stable surface. If you are looking to install a hardwood deck for your home, you will want to avoid these four common mistakes during the process:

  1. Skipping Out on Hardwood Because of Price: Choosing another material for your deck when you originally wanted hardwood is not something you want to do. It's important to take note that no other material has the natural beauty that hardwood does. On top of this, hardwood is definitely one of the most durable materials, so your additional cost goes toward a deck that will last much longer than another deck made from a different material.
  2. Not Understanding the Use of the Deck: Before choosing the hardwood deck, you want to consider how the deck is going to be used. For example, if you have pets who will be on the deck often, you definitely want to install scratch resistant hardwood. You also want to consider fire-resistant hardwood if you plan on barbecuing, live in a fire zone, or want to have a fire pit on the deck. When you are talking with the professional installing your deck, make it known what the deck will be used for so that he or she can help you add and choose materials that are going to last longer. 
  3. Not Taking the Time to Pick the Right Fasteners: Basically, there are two types of fasteners to choose from: hidden fasteners and decking screws. The benefit of hidden fasteners is that they will make your deck appear smooth. However, hidden fasteners are not as strong, which is not ideal if your deck is high above the ground. Decking screws are much stronger, but they will make a difference in the appearance of your deck. 
  4. Wanting the Deck Too Close to the Ground: It's important that you keep the deck high above the ground. If you want it close to the ground, the professionals will be able to get it as close as possible, but you need to keep in mind that it still has to be high enough above the ground to prevent mold growth, moisture build up, and other problems with trapped water and dampness underneath the surface. 

When you avoid these four common mistakes, you can be sure that you will have a deck that is going to last and provide all the benefits that a deck should.  For more information, consider contacting companies like Rainier Fencing & Decking.