DIY DECKING CHECKLIST

Part of building your dream deck is the prep work—from scoping your garden to planning where the furniture goes to gathering the right tools. Luckily, Trex decking is just as easy as hardwood or timber decking—you can cut and drill with no special tools required. We’ll walk you through a few simple steps to get started before you start laying and building your deck.

PLAN YOUR DECK SIZE


1. Decide on the deck’s location:
» Consider whether it's freestanding or attached to the house.

2. Decide on the size of your deck:
» You’ll want to plan the size of your deck around how you’ll use it.
Tip: arrange your patio furniture to determine approximately how much room you’ll need to accommodate it.

3. Now calculate how much decking you’ll need

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CALCULATION PDF

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GATHER YOUR SUPPLIES

 

  • DECK BOARDS
  • TREX HIDDEN FASTENERS KIT
    (INSTALLS >> 5.6 SQUARE METRES OF DECKING)
  • DRILL WITH #1 SQUARE BITS
  • MEASURING TAPE
  • SUB-STRUCTURE MATERIALS
  • SAFETY GLASSES
  • CIRCULAR SAW & BLADE
  • CARPENTER’S LEVEL
  • CHALK LINE
  • WOODEN STAKES
  • SPADE
  • DUST MASK
  • GLOVES

 

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Don't Forget

1. Permits
  • Check with your local council for what permits are necessary and any building code requirements
2. Homeowners Association
  • Understand any rules regarding deck size, colour, product type or design
3. What's Underground
  • Check with local utilities companies for the location of any underground cables or wires (a builder often helps with this).