"If you're going to put the time and effort into building an outdoor living space, it's crucial to use high-quality materials that will provide a return on investment and boost your home's value," said Adam Zambanini, vice president of marketing for Trex, the world's largest manufacturer of wood-alternative decking and railing. Check out these tips from the outdoor living experts at Trex to ensure your DIY deck project will earn neighborhood bragging rights.
Assess your skills
Research necessary permits
Contact state, county or city offices to determine what specific permits are needed for your project. Remember some permits may take longer to obtain than others - especially during the peak spring and summer home improvement months - and build this approval process into your project timeline. Also, consider the costs associated with necessary permits and be prepared to pay a small fee.
Choose the right materials
When planning a do-it-yourself deck project, select wood-alternative materials that will look like new even after years of heavy foot traffic and severe weather. Trex Enhance high-performance decking in Clam Shell (a deep charcoal) and Beach Dune (a warm, honey brown) offers all the charm and none of the trouble of real wood - at a value. Combining superior durability, wear-resistance and long-lasting good looks, Trex Enhance is also extremely low-maintenance and manufactured from 95 percent recycled content. In fact, spills wash off easily with just soap and water, and the collection is backed by a 20-year limited residential fade and stain warranty.
Log on for ideas
From inspiration to installation, reference trusted home improvement and do-it-yourself websites for guidance through every step of an outdoor living project.
For more do-it-yourself tips and product information, visit www.trex.com.