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Bird's-Eye View: The Science Behind Construction And Contracting


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Bird's-Eye View: The Science Behind Construction And Contracting

Hi! I'm AJ and I have an unusual hobby. I love abseiling down buildings - legally, of course. It is a growing tourist activity and I have been lucky enough to try it in many parts of the world. When you are on top of a building and then making your descent, you really have time to admire the overall construction and materials used. It is actually mind-boggling to think about the builders and machines who have put together such amazing architecture. I've been reading quite a few books lately about construction techniques and I'm quite in awe of the science involved. I hope that you find the science behind construction as fascinating as I do. Thank you for your time.

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Factors to Consider When Installing a Timber Decking

A well-done deck is a great addition to your home, and it can add value to your home. Timber decking is pleasing to the eyes and is easy to install. A timber deck should be durable and practical so that the homeowner can use the deck frequently and conveniently. There are three things to consider for timber decking, namely design, location, cost and type of wood.

Design

There is a wide variety of timber decking designs on the internet today. Homeowners should do research on the designs they like or that may be suitable for their home. Once you identify several designs you like, consult an architect or carpenter to help you choose the most suitable timber deck. The design you choose will be drawn to scale for the contractor to use for construction.

Location

A suitable location for timber decking should have a beautiful view and be easily accessible. In addition, a timber deck should have adequate space for entertaining and for the children to play. It should be in a shaded area that protects the timber deck from harsh weather conditions. Finally, the area should be private and well-ventilated. The popular area for a timber deck is outside the living room or kitchen. You should keep in mind that timber decking should be in an area that has a relaxing ambience.

Cost

The main components of the total cost are labour, materials and permits. Permits vary from one location to the other. Homeowners should consult with the local authorities and the state to confirm the required permits. You can do your research and find affordable stores that offer high-quality timber, bolts, paint and other accessories. The cost of labour will depend on the contractor you hire. Find a reputable contractor to do the work for you. Check whether the contractor has all the necessary licenses and insurance.

Type of Wood

The quality of the timber will determine the durability of the deck. Hardwoods tend to last longer. The finishing done on the wood should be suitable for your home architecture. Timber may be stained, painted, bright-coloured, dark-coloured, long or short. The right colour and shade should be carefully selected to build your dream timber deck.

Installation

Installing a timber decking can be a do-it-yourself project. However, if you are not experienced, you can find a qualified contractor. Timber can easily start to rot when exposed to moisture. Steps to ensure that the timber is not exposed to water should be taken to ensure durability.