For landscaping projects such as decks, patios, fences and pergolas many homeowners decide to take the DIY approach. While this is fine for those with a little bit of construction experience, novice builders would do well to consult with an expert. Proper installation is a key component to ensuring the functionality, safety, longevity and aesthetic appeal of your project.
In this article, we will explore why proper installation is so important.
Although it is the most superficial reason for proper installation, it is nevertheless still and important one. According to HGTV, when you add a feature such as a deck to your home, you can recoup anywhere between 65-90% of your costs when you sell your home.
If however, deck boards are unevenly spaced or if hardware appears to be haphazardly installed, this is going to have a negative effect on the amount of money that you’ll be able to recoup.
On an even more serious note, since most home buyers by only on the condition of a successful home inspection, an improperly installed deck could end up costing you money if it does not comply with building codes or requires any major repairs.
Functionality and Safety
The most serious types of installation errors are those that affect the functionality and safety of your landscaping feature. Some common mistakes are:
- Installing a handrail on stairs that is not continuous.
- Using the wrong type of fasteners – either ones that are undersized or that do not have the proper corrosion rating for the project.
- Bolting beams directly onto posts.
- Overspanning decking.
- Using incorrect riser heights when building stairs.
- Ignoring clearances – building too close to an electrical service panel, etc.
- Poorly attached ledgers.
- Improperly set piers.
- Incorrectly attached guardrails posts.
- Improperly placed beam splices.
Any of the above mistakes in installation can affect the structural integrity or safety of the project. This can lead to both minor and serious injuries.
Presumably, most homeowners undertake landscaping projects because they want to make their outdoor spaces more functional – and they want to enjoy their decks, fences, pergolas, etc. for many years to come.
It should come as no surprise that proper installation can make a huge difference in how long a particular landscaping feature will last. Taking the time in the early building stages to properly plan and install – will ultimately mean many more years of enjoyment for most homeowners.
Whether you are planning a new deck for your home, a pergola or gazebo or any other landscaping project, proper installation is the key to success.
If you are hiring a landscaper, make sure that you are working with a licensed and insured contractor that has a solid reputation. If you are undertaking a DIY project, ensure that you understand the technicalities of the installation first or take the time to get some good advice and instruction.
Should you have any questions about your upcoming landscaping project or about proper installation, we invite you to contact the experts at Envision Landscaping. We can help you ensure that your finished project is safe and functional, aesthetically appealing and will last for years to come.