Yes, You CAN Build Your Own Composite Deck

Some think installing their own composite deck is a difficult task to tackle, but as someone who's built his own composite deck, I'm here to tell you it can be done. All it takes is a little preparation, and you, too, can install your own composite deck.

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Start by doing some planning with pencil and paper. Then find a deck design tool. On the Fiberon website is the Deck Designer, which allows you to get basic 2D or 3D layouts of your deck plan. You can print a list of all the materials you will need to build your platform and footings, making your trip to your local lumberyard easy and fast, as well as all the locations near you where you can buy Fiberon composite decking.

Most composite decking manufacturers provide instructional videos and installation instructions on their website, which will give you the lowdown on how to build your composite deck. Once you've designed your deck, make sure you have the tools and materials you need, as well as instructions for installing your deck. Now you should be ready to go.

If you've done your homework beforehand, building your composite deck (hopefully with Fiberon) won't require much more than a little time and patience.

Send us pictures of your Fiberon decking and we'll post them to our Facebook Page.

Comments
  • I personally believe that is bad advice, unless you have a skilled trade background or know someone who is skilled trademens to help you.

    Did you do your own crown molding in your house? Decking building is along the same lines a being a trim carpenter.

    On top that – Composite/PVC products are very difficult to work with and experience is almost a must when working with them! At $60-$80 a deck board mistakes can add up, not to mention railings and stairs.

  • Hi Bayn, thanks for your comment. We definitely agree that designing and building a composite deck isn’t for everyone. Depending on the project complexity and individual’s expertise, we often recommend starting with our FiberPros. Thanks for reading!

  • It isn’t really bad advice though is it? Not everyone lacks the ability to install their own decking, and better to have plenty of info up to help them on their way ( The Deck Designer is excellent by the way ).
    I have friends who have done things like this without previous experience, knowing they where skilled enough to get the job done, and to take up a new challenge. Mistakes get made by everyone, and problems do get encountered, experienced or not, so what’s wrong with putting up some very informative advice and software to help people do a job as efficiently as possible.

  • John

    I agree with anti slip- building a deck is not a simple task, but with the use of the software, instructional video’s, it is a job that those with some DIY Skills and common sense can get the job done. You have to know how to read a tape measure and measure twice and cut once, but it a job that can provide a great deal of satisfaction and years of enjoyment. BTW, be sure and check to be sure you are complient with building codes and especially HOA’s as no one likes surprises!

  • The only “bad” advice in there is the omission of checking with the local jurisdiction. Anyone thinking about building a deck would be well advised to visit their local building department or checking in to find if your state or county has recommended practices.

    Online deck plan tools won’t give you information about local conditions. Depending on where you are, you may want to have deep footings or pilings to prevent your deck from heaving due to expansive soils or frost. Size of footings or type of footings may need to be different due to soil conditions.

    Lastly is knowing your home. The deck plan software I’ve seen often assumes a ledger is possible, but for many it’s probably not a good idea to rely on a ledger to attach the deck to the home unless you are knowledgeable about construction. Most DIY should probably plan on a free-standing deck that doesn’t rely on the existing structure to provide support for the deck.

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