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Hiring The Right Carpenter Brisbane

If you're in need of carpentry work, it's essential that you hire the right carpenter for your requirements. Carpentry is a highly skilled profession that requires extensive training and specialist equipment, not to mention the ability to complete a job to the lowest possible budget. DIY carpentry might be a tempting project to embark on, but it's likely to result in a poorly constructed and potentially dangerous piece of work, wasted money and even more wasted time.

But how do you make sure that the carpenter working on your house, building, or pet project can deliver, if not exceed your expectations? Here are a few things you can do:

1. Determine what kind of carpentry work you need.

Commercial carpenters in Brisbane specialise in many areas. This is why we have framers (carpenters who construct the basic framework or structural skeleton of houses, buildings, and other infrastructure), joisters (experts at installing floor joists), trim carpenters (designs, crafts, and installs moulding, skirting boards, and ornamental wood trim), roofers (specialising in roof construction), and rough carpenters (experts at wood maintenance and repair, as well as temporary wood scaffolding and framework construction).

Identifying your needs narrows down your search for a carpenter in Brisbane, and ensures you get the right person for the job.

2. Ask for recommendations.

You might know someone who’s recently had some carpentry work done on their home or property. You can cut your search for carpenters short by getting your friends’ and colleagues’ input on where to go, who to hire. More importantly, you’ll get a first-hand account on the talent and quality of the output of the carpenters whom you’re considering to hire. You can also look prospects up on the Internet; they might have websites or social media pages where customers leave reviews. Talented carpenters with outstanding track records will have many customers who can attest to their skills, professionalism and work quality.

Whether you’re renovating, expanding, installing new fixtures, or starting projects from the ground up, professional carpenters will have a thing or two to say about your proposed plans. While you will no doubt want to preserve your original plans, it would not hurt to get a professional’s opinion. They might find potential pain points you haven’t considered or recommend faster, cheaper or easier alternatives to what you have in mind. Carpenters whose recommendations give you every advantage — lower costs, cheaper labour, better output — are the ones you should consider hiring.

Identifying your needs narrows down your search for a carpenter in Brisbane, and ensures you get the right person for the job.

3. Request a quote for the entire project.

Seasoned carpenters should be able to give you a ballpark estimate on how much you will likely spend for the materials, equipment, labour and permits processing. Asking for a quote is also an excellent method for deciding who to hire. You wouldn’t want to sign a contract with a carpenter whose services you can’t afford, no matter how remarkable it is.

Furthermore, when selecting a local firm to work with, you should also look to filter them out by where they are based and their service locations. JVK & Sons is based on the Northside, however, we service the Southside as well as other regional suburbs on a case by case basis.

4. Ask about insurance and certifications.

Professional carpenters may or may not have insurance coverage—you’ll want to hire one who do—knowing that your chosen carpenter is covered for workplace accidents and accidental damage on your property can give you that additional peace of mind.

Certifications are also a form of reassurance: it means your carpenter has undergone extensive training from TAFE institution. You also need to make sure the person before you is a professional who’s truly qualified to work on your home, business, or property. Australia requires carpenters to earn a Certificate III in Carpentry to qualify for residential and commercial work. When you choose to work with JVK & Sons, you’re choosing a team with extensive experience within the industry and on million dollar projects. Rest assured your project or idea is in perfect hands when you choose us!

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Keep your search for competent and reliable carpenters short by checking in with JVK & Sons Construction. Our certified, Brisbane-based carpenters produce stunning results in the shortest amount of time possible, completing carpentry projects efficiently and excellently.

We are committed to making sure that you're happy with the results of your carpentry job, which is why we'll send out the perfect carpenter for your project to get to work right away. If you require a specialist, simply let us know and we'll match you with the most suitable craftsman from our team.

Hiring an expert carpenter shouldn't be a complicated process, which is why communication is so important to us. We want to work collaboratively with you so that your project meets or surpasses your expectations, so the more exact your specifications are, the better the results we'll be able to produce!

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JVK & Sons Construction is committed to providing quality work for all our customers and take pride in producing the very best results. We know that embarking on a large project can be daunting for many of our clients, which is why we only hire the very best carpenters in Brisbane to join our team.

We believe that high-quality craftsmanship is about creating things that look beautiful, are functional, and can last for many years to come. Careless carpentry is not only unsightly but also potentially dangerous, which is why our team takes great care to meet our exceptionally high standards for quality every time.

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In the unlikely event that disaster strikes on your property, you can rest assured that your project is fully insured and covered. We want your experience with JVK & Sons to be the very best, so we'll make sure that every loose end is tied up and you're left with an expertly crafted piece that you can be proud of.
We believe that high-quality craftsmanship is about creating things that look beautiful, are functional, and can last for many years to come. Careless carpentry is not only unsightly but also potentially dangerous, which is why our team takes great care to meet our exceptionally high standards for quality every time.

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If you're a Brisbane resident, you'll know how important it is to hire local contractors. Hiring a commercial carpenter Brisbane-based or a local deck builder Brisbane-based will ensure that your project has a personal touch. Our carpenters have over ten years of experience working in the local area so are familiar with the climate and the expectations of the community. You can guarantee that our team of Brisbane locals will have your best interests at heart as we have a reputation for being the best contractor for carpentry projects and commercial interiors Brisbane-wide.

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Avoid these 10 Common Deck-Building Mistakes in 2021
Avoid these 10 Common Deck-Building Mistakes in 2021

Building the perfect deck can be tricky! Yes, many people may say that it is not rocket science, but most people make mistakes while building their decks. Some of them are so subtle to notice, until they face the after-effects in the long run. It is better to stay aware of all such mistakes and make sure that you do not make them.

In case if you still have the notion that deck building is easy, then you just Google deck building fails! You will come across multiple images, videos and interviews of people who have committed such mistakes without knowing! You might get inspiration from multiple home improvement renovation shows, but these shows do not mention the planning, designing and safety measures involved. There are a lot of pitfalls involved during the whole process of deck building.

As professionals, we consider this is our utmost responsibility to educate our readers about deck building. You can refer to this article as the complete guide to avoid all mistakes of deck building in 2021.

1.) Improper attachment of the house to the ledger board (Also called as ribbon strip)

A ledger board gives support to the deck and takes the weight of the entire structure on a single board. In an ideal scenario, the entire weight of the house must be divided among its structural components for support and rigidity. It should be attached properly to remove all chances of it pulling away leading to a complete collapse and failure.

Here are some of the deck and ledger(ribbon strip) related attachment mistakes:

  • Fixing the ribbon strip with the house.
  • Adding lag bolts to ribbon strip anchors.
  • Adding fasteners without any corrosion resistance. 

When it comes to fasteners, using nails is the worst choice because they cannot handle the weight and provide support to the structure. Also, they recede from the house easily with force!

The lag bolt is also considered a good ledger fastener, but it is not the right choice as well. You won’t be able to see through the sides of the bricks of your house, but you might see them biting into the solid wood underneath the exterior of your home. The installer becomes assertive and puts extra force to tighten the lag bolt, it can strip the wood and reduce the bolt’s capability to keep the structure together.

What you should do:

You must use bolts to affix the ledger board to your house. When you use fasteners, it will penetrate through the ledger board and go through the end of the wood i.e., horizontal joist inside the house. The washer and the nut go through the machine threads towards the other end of the bolt. The ledger board detaches only when it pulls the structural joist along with it.

To secure the ledger board, you must use the hold-down anchors attached to the side of the deck. All these anchors connect with a matching anchor that is bolted across the end of the joist. The galvanized road should pass through the ledger board connecting the two anchors. This method is recommended by most structural engineers to make sure that the deck never breaks from the house.

2.) Not Attaching the Joists Along With The Support Posts

You might be having a deck without any support posts, where all the joists would rest on the concrete beam. This is one of the safest practices. Most of the decks have a height of about 4-5 feet above the surface level. Towards the end of the deck, you will see a beam, where the deck ledger board would rest. The joists in turn would require support extended towards the ground. You can consider the posts similar to the legs of the table and chair. Also, if the ledger board/joists are not attached properly, then it would shake and fall from the posts. As a result, there is a big collapse incoming!

What you should do:

Most of the beams used are around the dimensions of 2X10 or 2X12. The width here is about 3 ¼ inches, and you can use 6×6 posts to cut them in the L-shape towards the top end of the post.

The beam needs to rest on the ledge with 2 inches leftover post towards the top of the beam. Attach the beam to the longer side of the wood using bolts, and it is a proven technique!

You can purchase structural metal frame connectors specially designed to connect beams. It comes with multiple designs and types. Make sure that the connectors are suitable for the size of the deck lumber you will use. Also, make sure that the connectors are corrosion resistant as well.

3.) Not Using the right deck fasteners

The next common mistake is not using the right deck fasteners. Using the nails and using the nail gun is not the wrong idea, but you should also consider its corrosion resistance

No matter what you choose while securing the deck, make sure that you use non-corrosive resistant deck fasteners. Most of them come with inferior electroplated galvanized coatings.

What you should do:

Firstly, you have to decide whether the nails tend overtime to start the work from the joists. Screws always perform better than nails and screws rarely pull out.

Before deciding on the fastener, you must check with your manufacturer of the deck for its recommendation. Keep in mind that a specific nail or screw type is required and using the wrong fastener will void the warranty of the decking material.

Also, most nails used in the nail guns come with a superficial galvanized coating, and these nails rust shortly. Also, the electroplated galvanized nails are subjected to this rapid failure. 

Most fasteners come with stainless steel, and the second-best come with double dipped, hot-dipped galvanized.

You can cover the top of the joists with special joist tape minimizing the amount of water-soaked via the top of the floor joist through the fastener hole. It is easy to apply and preserves joists to ensure that decking would be firm across the tight of the joists.

4.) Inappropriate spacing between the deck joists.

The deck joists space is crucial, especially in the case of composite decking, the spacing is critical and ensures that the deck board will not sag over time.

What you should do:

Before you put your plans into action, you must stop and read the installation instructions for the deck. If you are planning to install the decks diagonally, then you would be shocked to discover the joist spacing required as 12 inches around the centre. The main reason behind this is that the diagonal measurements across the joists are greater than the distance than the perpendicular distance across the joists.

You have to pay close attention to the decking requirements when it comes to the bearing surface across the ends of each deck. Composite decks have about 1.5 inches of bearing surface towards the end of the board. Normally, you would require ¾ inch bearing while putting the two pieces of the deck on the top of the single joist.

5.) Putting restrictions to the access

A deck is like a room that is built outdoors, as now required to have access to each room of your house, the same goes with the deck. You would not use a deck with closed walls. But, the point here is that the entrance and exit of the deck should be easy without any discomfort! nothing blocking your way.

What you should do:

Accessing the deck is important, the pathway to the entrance should be clear without any blockage in between. It should be clear without any problems associated with the entry of the decks. This is something related to common sense but has great significance! If you have unnecessary blockage towards the entrance of the pathway then you might face difficulty in case of an emergency.

6.) Missing out on the handrails!

The handrails also referred to as the guardrails are necessary safety features. There are clear guidelines that mention when the handrails must be installed and how strong they have to be! This is something concerned with floating decks as they are high above the ground, but not common with the ground decks. Also, if you have elderly in your house, then installing handrails is best for their safety.

What you should do:

Installing handrails on the deck requires a lot of skill. Stay away from the lag bolts. The handrails and their posts act as levers when a person pushes or leaps against the top of the handrail. It has to be strong because if more than one person pushes against handrails, then the lag outs will pull out instantly.

The bolts are approved fasteners that secure the handrails and their posts towards the deck undercarriage. Better than this, you can use special hold-down anchors that have bolts attached to the sides of deck joists through-bolted posts.

It will create a strong foundation!

One straight piece of advice would be that you should stay away from nails included in the handrail installation. Over a long period of usage, the nails will lose their holding power and as result, certain parts of the handrails from the posts with little to no warning!

Make sure that you adhere to the building codes and meet all the requirements about building deck handrails. The building code is a set of standards, but you can build better than the handrails. Think about the long term, and consider how the handrails hold up in the next 10-15 years of usage. Will the handrails stay strong the same way? Once you have the answer, then you can go ahead and install handrails as per your plans.

7.) Not building the right deck post footers

The deck post footer is where the weight of the deck is evenly distributed across the ground. The weight is distributed to the ground across the deck. One more thing that you should consider is that different types of soil will distribute the weight differently. Each surface will have its strength and flaws, where the base will go down with ease. Whereas, other soils are as hard as a rock!

What you should do:

If you do not know about the soils and soil’s strengths! It would be a very good idea for you to consult with your local building inspector before you start digging for the deck footers. Here are some of the questions:

  • How deep will the hole become?
  • What would be the diameter or size of the hole?
  • What would be the thickness of the deck footing?
  • Will you put reinforced steel in the footing?
  • Is it best to put the footing extended upwards? What would be the height?

While putting a deck footer, you have to put it through the bottom below the local frost line. The frost heave will lift your entire deck to 4 or more inches! However, the diameter and size of the footer bottom are the most important. You should distribute the concentrated load of deck posts across the widest footprint on the soil possible.

Most of the deck footers have to be at least 8 inches thick and poured across a concrete column towards the top of the footing where the footing is less than 6 inches in diameter. Also, if you can go up to 8-10 inches!

Reinforcing steel is very inexpensive and it adds a lot of strength to footers & columns. Therefore, you should always use it! Keep in mind that you should never bury a treated lumber deck post directly in the soil because it will rot and be eaten by insects. You can extend the deck footing out from the soil about 6 inches so that the wood post goes away from moist soil or standing water.

8.) Not picking the right Deck Material

This mistake happens during the early stages of deck planning! Many people choose the wrong decking material between wood and composite decks. You should not lag in this phase and do extensive research before selecting the final deck material. The way you frame the deck depends on the actual decking process. Also, keep in mind that not all deck materials are created equal!

What you should do:

There are two different categories of decking materials:

  • Wooden decking
  • Composite decking

Both of these decking materials come with their advantages and disadvantages. You need to consider both to decide the best for you, one thing that you can do is to prepare a written list that helps you to decide the right choice!

The wooden decks are easy to install and a cost-effective option. There are some wooden deck materials made using rainforest wood that is so hard for you to drill a hole into each fastener. Wooden decks require more maintenance than composite decks. It requires sealing and cleaning at fixed intervals. The certified organic oxygen bleach is the best for cleaning wooden decks. You should never put chlorine bleach on wooden decks, as it might scatter the wooden fibres. Also, chlorine bleach removes the natural colour of the wood.

The cleaning and sealing require a lot of work, where the sealing lasts for 3 years. The wood also splinters, and the fibres might hurt the feet of your loved ones.

On the other side, composite decks require less maintenance. You have to scrub it lightly using a regular dishwashing soap every year to remove the dirt, debris and algae formation. 

The installation process is almost the same. The best part here is that boards have consistency and you do not have to work for the warps, splits and knots.

The best of the composite deck materials come with a special fastener system ensuring that the deck is spaced appropriately, and looks good for years to come. All these fasteners do not install similar nails via a nail gun, but all efforts are worth it! 

You can choose any of these two based on your personal preference and requirement. But, make sure that you install the protection tape on the wooden beams and joists of the structure. All these tapes prevent the water from creeping into the boards around the holes created by fasteners. On the other side, water creates cracks in the wood and fasteners might become loose.

 9.) Not going through the deck flashing!

Deck flashing refers to the material required to capture water and redirect it back to the outer skin of the house. Flashing is done using a wide variety of materials including copper, zinc-coated steel, rubberized synthetic membranes, etc.

What you should do:

You need to have an adequate understanding of physics to install flashings. You will notice that soldering is required to construct a joint, where the flashing connects. Out of all the materials, copper is the easiest flashing material to solder.

Stay away from using caulk as a flashing material, because it is not a permanent solution and the UV rays will destroy the caulk in a short period.

Also, the synthetic membranes should not be exposed to direct sunlight for a long period. You can refer to the manufacturer’s instructions before you proceed with the process of deck flashing. Use kick out tabs on your metal flashings. A kick-out bend on the edge of flashing prevents the attraction of water and you should keep the water from the flashing, and be sucked back with a capillary attraction.

10.) Not adhering to the rules and regulations!

Most people do not give a brief thought about the building codes or getting the right permit. Every region has their own set of building codes for the construction of decks, and if you do not follow them then you might end up paying fines or further legal trouble!

What you should do:

Getting the right permit and adhering to the local deck building codes will protect you from having legal troubles. It would be very frustrating for you to know that your favourite deck violates the zonal codes. Then all your investment and efforts might go in vain.

This is something that happens with a lot of people, taking up DIY for decking because most of them are not aware of the rules and regulations. Do not let this happen to you! Consult with a professional decking expert to make sure that your investment is safe and you can start building your dream deck today!

That’s it! This was our list of the top 10 common deck-building mistakes. If you are planning to build your deck then keep a note of all these points and make sure that you follow them properly.

Remember, building a deck is an investment and you should take it seriously. It is a structure that you and your family are going to use for years to come. Make sure that you do it the right way! When done right, it will add value to your home, and decking can appraise your property value by 76% of installation cost. For example, if you build a deck for $10,000, then a deck will add $7,600 to your house’s value at the time of selling!

You can refer to our blog: Deck vs Patio – Which one is the better investment! [ Link to the respective blog]. In this blog we have mentioned everything that you need to know about decking and how it appraises your property!

Still, have any inquires? Contact JVK & Sons Today!

We at JVK and Sons Construction look forward to helping our clients. We care and value your time and investment. We serve across the suburbs of Brisbane, chapel hill, Fairfield, Wavell heights, Carindale, and the neighbourhoods of Donnybrook Moggill.

 Our decking experts are ready to work, and we provide services for:

●       Timber Decking

●       Composite Decking

●       Merbau Decking

In case if you have any inquiries then you can get in touch with us and get a free assessment today.

Start building your dream deck today!

Laying Deck on Soil or Grass in 2021? Here’s What You Need to Know!
Laying Deck on Soil or Grass in 2021? Here’s What You Need to Know!

In general, you do not need any permission for decking. But there are some other scenarios where you must consult with a professional decking company & your local authorities:

  • If the deck is more than 30 cm above the surface.
  • The deck encloses more than fifty percent of your garden area and touches with other outbuildings, extensions, etc.

You can also refer to this guide to decking here.

Now that you know this, then you need to start with the planning process of decking.

How big Do You Want Your Deck To Be?

The first thing that you need to consider is the area where you are considering to build your deck. This will impact the material requirement, length of the deck boards, and construction costs.

You have to leave expansion gaps between deck-boards, so that water from the rains can go through the boards without lying on the deck. Also, the gaps make the decks contract and expand as per the climatic conditions.

To know the exact figure, you can need to take the following measurements:

  • Measure the length and width of your preferred decking area. You can calculate the total decking area in sq. meters by multiplying the length by width. The result of this multiplication would be the entire decking area requirement.

Once you have this number, then you have to put timber boards with 5 mm to 8mm space across the lengths of the boards. Make sure that there is a 3 mm gap between the boards.

The next thing that you need to do is to estimate the number of deck boards needed: 

  • Multiply the entire coverage area of one board by a factor of 1.1(Extra 0.1 assumed as wastage)
  • Divide the entire decking surface by the dimensions of a single board.
  • You can use this formula: single-board dimensions multiplied by 1.1 = total boards required.

Looking for the right deck material? Check out our blog: Custom Deck Choices for your House: Which One is The Best

The List of Equipment Needed for Decking

You need to make a list of equipment, the more organized you are then the easier the process will become. Here’s a complete list of tools & equipment that you need to buy for decking. 

List of tools:

  • Pencil.
  • Spirit leveller.
  • Spade for clearing the area.
  • Tape measure.
  • Builder’s line/string/ pins.
  • One tamper.
  • A wood cutting saw.
  • Drill with a wood bit.

List of equipment:

  • Decking screws
  • Wood panels for the decking frame.
  • Concrete pads & weed resistant/control fabric.
  • Coach screws.

The Steps to Lay the Foundation of Decking

Laying the foundation of decks is easy. You need to progress in a planned manner because the more things you plan, the process will become easier as well.

In the following section, you will learn about all the procedures to plan the deck and perform accordingly.

  • Decide the position of the deck

Decking gives you an outdoor area to relax, entertain and spend time with your friends and family. Here are some of the tips that you should keep in mind before picking the perfect spot for decking:

  • Decking requires a flat surface, and if you have an uneven surface then you need to make it even, otherwise, decking will become more difficult.
  • If you are planning to go for extra height, then you should consider planning for a floating deck.
  • If you want to enjoy early sunrise, sunset, or enjoy the outdoor scenery, you should position your deck accordingly for this purpose. 
  • Do not remove the trees/plants but you should try to include them instead, as it would create a natural look. Also, make sure that your deck is not ruined by the roots of the trees.  

In case if you have still not decided the position for your deck, one thing you can do is to position your existing furniture to check how the deck will look. Using this technique, you will identify how the deck will look in real life. 

Decking across Soil and Grass

While deciding to lay a deck on the grass. One thing that you can do is hard-wiring across your decking area. We will discuss both these methods in the next section:

  1. Create an outline across the entire decking area. Hammer pegs across all corners and runs a builder’s a mark/line around them.
  2. Clear all the rocks, plants and weeds. Dig down into fifty mm. Make sure that the entire area is cleared and you work directly on the soil. 
  3. Make sure that the surface area is flat & even. To check this, place the spirit leveller on the ground. If the spirit level shows that the surface is uneven and you can use the extra soil to even out the entire surface area.
  4. Further, there are two options to choose from laying or decking. You can start building your deck from the ground with an even surface, also you can use risers to create your floater deck. Keep in mind that if you are building the deck from the ground, then it would be more prone to moisture and require additional maintenance. But still, if you want to build your deck directly on the ground then you must cover the area completely with weed control fabric. After this, you can add forty to fifty mm of gravel over the surface. 
  5. Another way you can do this is to add concrete pads on the deck, it reduces the moisture into your frame and avoids damage. Make sure that you have your pads in the right place.

Next, you have to square up on the site!

  1. After you have squared up with the site, then you must measure the size of the deck boards and put marks on them respectively.
  2. Cut the boards to the right size.
  3. Lay the boards directly on the grass as per the design and leave gaps (5 – 8 mm in length across the timber board, 3mm along the ends) between the boards. After this, you will know your requirement for completing the job. In case if you find that the timber boards are overhanging, then you can decrease the gap smaller than 5mm.
  4. Take measurements of your deck frame and cut it into the right size. You have to use 4 outer joists and some inner joists (the number depends on the overall design of your deck). The horizontal deck boards must have a maximum of 450 mm from one supporting joist to another one.
  5. Mark using pencil towards the outer frame joists, as these joists will have the right angles towards the frame’s inner joist. Make sure that the marks must align with the centre of the adjoining joist, and these are 8 in total.
  6. Drill into every mark using a flat wood drill, the screws should go deep and wide for a socket attachment for tightening the screws. It will allow the screw heads to flush within the surface also called the countersunk hole.
  7. Use a thin drill bit to pilot a hole through the centre of the outer joist towards the adjoining joist. This will make the screws go through the hole and eliminate all chances of splitting.
  8.  Drill in the coach screws using a drill driver with a socket attachment or a ratchet that tightens them in place.
  9. Once you have done all these steps, then you will have a square frame and the inner joists will evenly divide it across all corners. You can repeat the same process with the inner joists from the sixth step and secure the outer frame with two coach screws across all inner joists.

Start the process to lay the deck boards

Once you are done with all the above-mentioned steps, then you need to start with the following steps:

  1. Position the first board around the inner joists. Also, make sure that the boards are inverted to the inner joists. For example, if the joists are running in the horizontal direction, then the boards should be aligned vertically. As a result, the deck boards will completely flush within the frame.
  2. Carefully drill a pilot hole as per the marks to put your screws in place, be careful to not drill through into the joists.
  3. Firmly put the screws through the board.
  4. Make sure that you put expansion gaps between all the boards across all rows. This will make the deck strong, and it is best to wobble the deck boards, as you might need to cut the boards when required.
  5. After this, your work is complete with the deck and you have laid your boards, then you must use sandpaper to smoothen out the ends. (You can also use an end grain preserver for the same).

Congratulations! You have learnt about laying the deck by yourself. Make sure that you take the right maintenance to keep your deck shining as new. We hope that this information will be helpful.

Also, make sure that you follow all the instructions carefully without a miss and we are sure that you will love the thrill and excitement and building your deck! But keep in mind that you keep yourself safe and organized during the process. All these nails and other components might harm the tender feet of your loved ones (especially if you have kids around). Also, if you are stuck at some point, calling professional deck builders is the next best thing to do!

Looking for a decking professional to help?  Contact JVK & Sons Today!

We at JVK and Sons Construction look forward to helping our clients. We care and value your time and investment. We serve across the suburbs of Brisbane, chapel hill, Fairfield, Wavell heights, Carindale, and the neighbourhoods of Donnybrook Moggill.

 Our decking experts are ready to work, and we provide services for:

●       Timber Decking

●       Composite Decking

●       Merbau Decking

In case if you have any inquiries then you can contact us directly and get a free assessment today.

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Which is a Better Investment: Deck vs Patio?
Which is a Better Investment: Deck vs Patio?

So, you are planning for some renovations in your house, you have your Wishlist ready full of all luxuries such as the pool, or a sunroom. These are all the facilities that you always wished to have, but all these facilities do not add much to the resale value of your house.

Also, some of these upgrades might even decrease the value of your house, as the buyer’s decrease because only limited number of people might want such upgrades. But a deck or a patio is something desired by a lot of people, which increases its value in future.

So, the question arises, which one should you go for? Deck vs Patio

How much value will the Deck appraise to your house? Or how much value will a patio add to the house? If you are having the same questions, then you must read this blog carefully as a complete guide to understand the benefits of building a deck and a patio.

How Much Home Value Does a Deck Add?

Building a quality deck increases the value of a house, and many experts have claimed that a quality deck can increase the cost of the house by 76% of the deck’s value. This is way higher than many other home renovation projects. For example, if you add a deck with a value of $10,000, then it can appraise the cost of your house by 7,600.

Just like any other real estate investment, the cost of your house depends on your locality, and climatic conditions. For example: A deck would not be a good idea for areas with heavy winters, but it would be a great idea for areas with warm-weather.

The material quality also impacts the resale value of the house. The wooden decks offer complete value for money, as they are affordable & preferred by many buyers. On the other side, composite decking is an expensive option with better longevity, but it has less desirability than the wooden decks.

How much Value will a Patio Add?

Patio is a place to relax and enjoy the outdoors without leaving the comfort of your favourite furniture. Outdoor patio is cheaper to install than a conventional deck, but it still adds value to your home. For example, if your patio had an installation cost of $5,000, then it increases the value of your home by $5,000.

Surely, Patio adds more value to the home rather than decks because a 100% increment in value is outstanding! But, keep in mind that not all patios can give such returns. If you spend money on things that are not desired by other people then you might be at risk of losing value. Keep things simple! Most people want a big yard with grass, and enough play area. Hence, a small patio area is way more desirable than a big patio. Also, there is a big influence in the materials used while building a patio such as brick, hardwood, concrete, flagstones, etc. However, over the past years, concrete has given the best value due to the low construction costs. Apart from this outdoor lighting also impacts the resale value of your house.

What about the Covered Patio area?

A covered patio provides shade and privacy to your courtyard. This makes it the perfect area for grilling in the summers and enjoying the outdoors. It does not matter whether it is sunny, raining or stormy, you can sit in peace and enjoy the outdoors. 

But the ultimate question remains: Does a covered patio add value to your home?

Yes, a covered patio also adds value to your home. But keep in mind to not do too much!

By too much we mean that you should not invest highly as the returns might not increase in the same proportion. We recommend that you go for mid-level construction to get high returns on your investment.

However, we would recommend you to build your dream deck, and enjoy it for years, as the joy & experience overcomes the extra cost. Also, in the long run, you can try to sell your house.

Deck Vs. Patio: Which is easier to build?

Patio adds more value to your house than a deck. But, both of these definitely appraise the value of your house. Therefore, it is always better to choose the option that you find fit for your house. But, one more thing that you need to consider is the construction process of both the deck & patio.

Patio is easier to install than a deck, if you are going for a concrete construction, then you need to put the concrete. Let it dry and it is done! Also, the patio requires some extra preparation before starting because the area has to be flat and compact. Many patios require reinforcements to give the best structure possible.

On the other hand, the deck can be installed on the flat/sloped surface. But it does not require a support system built by professionals. The deck has to be secure to the ground with deep, cement holes. Also, they require waterproofing materials to make sure that the foundation of the deck is strong, while building the deck.

Before you start building, make sure that you read our blog about the important things you cannot miss out while hiring a decking contractor.

What about the permit for building decks?

One more thing that you need to consider is the permit to build your deck. A permit is required, if your deck is 30 inches above grade. In many cases you won’t require a permit. A permit is not required for a deck with less than 30 inches above grade or smaller than 200 sq. feet of area. All these rules depend on your locality and you need to check with your local administration before you start building your deck.

You can consult with an experienced deck builder, whether or not you require a permit. Once you know that a permit is required, then you need to apply for the permit by filling out a form with details of your decking plans.

Taxation on Deck vs Patio?

Adding a deck or patio will increase the resale value of your property, what will the taxes go up as well?

Well, the clear answer is that it depends!

Different cities have different laws for taxation, you need to consult your local administration for details. Generally, decks increase your taxes slightly, as it boosts your property’s value. But this is similar to any other construction such as a swimming pool.

But this is not something that you should be worried about. As the taxation would be far lower than the Value added by deck/patio. Also, you are going to use the same for years to come. Overall, it is a better deal to go for!

Deck Vs Patio: Which one adds more value?

Building a deck or a patio significantly increases the resale value of your house. But the patio is cost-effective, requires less investment, and boosts the value by 100% compared to the 76% boost from decks. The clear winner here is the patio (concrete ones to be specific) that offers the best returns against the cost.

If you are considering this as a financial investment, then you should go for a patio, but if you like decks for your home. Then you should go for decks because you are going to use it for a longer time and enjoy it! Overall, you should go for the construction that you want. Spend your hard-earned money on the structure that you love to have because it will compensate for the difference of 24% returns, on the other side your happiness is priceless!

Must Read: Know it all about increasing the value of residential/commercial property.

Looking to build your dream Deck or Patio? Contact JVK & Sons Today!

We at JVK and Sons Construction look forward to helping our clients. We care and value your time and investment. We serve across the suburbs of Brisbane, chapel hill, Fairfield, Wavell heights, Carindale, and the neighbourhoods of Donnybrook, Moggill.

Our decking experts are ready to work, and we provide services for:

●       Timber Decking

●       Composite Decking

●       Merbau Decking

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