Rhino Deck: Is a DIY Deck Project Right for You?

Under the right circumstances, a deck is a project that a committed and skilled layperson can competently accomplish. If you’re tempted to try your hand at building your own deck, but are unsure if the trouble is worth the savings, consider these factors from Rhino Deck.

Your Abilities: Generally speaking, a deck is not a highly complex or difficult task. However, it isn’t for complete novices, either. If you’re looking to cut your teeth on a home improvement project, you may want to start smaller. If you’re determined to try it, make sure that you do your homework. Your local hardware store is a good place to start. Many of these stores offer pamphlets and books with ideas and instructions. Some stores even run home-improvement workshops. If you are reasonably handy and know your way around tools, you can likely handle a deck. But you should still begin with adequate research before tackling this big project.

Your Equipment: If you own most of the tools required to build a deck, you’re ahead of the game. If you don’t have the equipment necessary to build your deck, you will have to purchase or rent it. This can put a serious dent in your budget. If you don’t follow an organized plan and have each tool ready to go, you’ll also put a dent in your timeline, as you’ll need to make trips to the hardware store and spend time learning how to use the new tools.

Your Timeline: A professional can knock a deck out in a short amount of time. He has all the equipment, all the tricks of the trade and all the problem-solving know-how it takes to get the job done quickly and efficiently. What’s more, all of his time is committed to your one project. You may have to do the job in your spare time, over several weeks, with less know-how. But, if you aren’t in a hurry, a deck can make a great extended project.

Your Budget: You can pay up to two thirds more to have a professional build your deck than it would cost to do it yourself. But what the job costs you in money, it will save you in time and trouble.

Your Comfort Level: You might do a good job but, unless you’ve had professional training, you likely won’t do a professional job. If the satisfaction you get from building your deck yourself outweighs any small imperfections or learning curves, you might be a good candidate for building your own deck.

There is third option that lands somewhere in the middle of doing things yourself and hiring a pro: You can purchase the materials yourself, do your own research, create your own deck design and then hire a professional to simply put the deck together.

Whatever you decide, Rhino Deck can help you build your dream deck. The company offers three lines of durable and beautiful decking materials to choose from, plus handy installation instructions for DIYers. If you choose to go the professional route, Rhino Deck can help you find the right local builder for your project.

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