Where do you start when it comes to finding inspiration for a DIY vinyl decking?
It might take a bit of a push, or a spark, to get you off your behind and start planning for a change, especially when the weather starts to take a turn for the better.
Econodek may just be the DIY vinyl decking inspiration you are looking for.
Step One: Evaluate & Gather Info
This step might already be happening; you’re just not aware of it. It begins with noticing other people’s decks, or pictures in magazines, and mentally comparing it to your existing deck surface. If you notice yourself thinking “that looks good,” or “I like that better,” then it might to time to start planning your deck as the inspiration fairy is already riding on your shoulder.
Here is what you should be looking for in DIY vinyl decking:
- Colors, patterns, materials
- Outdoor flooring, decking, railings, stairs
- Furniture, appliances, and deck accessories
Step Two: Get Online for Vinyl Decking Resources
Use sites like Pinterest or Houzz to track your inspiration so you can pull it all together when you’re ready to move onto the next step. You can also start researching things like local bylaws, building regulations, and permits. The more you can flesh out your ideas, the faster your decking project will move once you get started with building.
Step Three: Ask the Vinyl Decking Professionals
Now is also a great time to ask questions, if you have them, as most builders and contractors are entering their slow season and will have time to help. Even if you prefer DIY vinyl decking for your deck, odds are there are a few things you don’t know – such as whether to use screws, nails, or lag bolts. Again, you can probably find a lot of information online, but it might be faster simply to get a local professional to give their opinion, even if it costs you a few dollars, it’s well worth the investment.
Step Four: Source Materials
What type of wood will you use to build your new deck? What type of deck railings/panels do you want? What type of deck surface? Does it need to be waterproof?
Again, the more of these questions you answer ahead of time, the smoother your project will go. Over the winter, be alert for sales on the vinyl decking products you need. If you’re looking for a specialty product, be sure to have it ordered as soon as you can so it’s ready by spring.
Don’t forget to look at the little things, as well like deck furniture, appliances, accessories, plants, etc. There’s nothing worse that becoming inspired with DIY vinyl decking for your outdoor living space only to find it lacks character. Start here
About Econodek Vinyl
If you are looking for a tough waterproof DIY vinyl decking product, take a look at our Econodek products. Many waterproofing specialists and deck construction contractors prefer our Econodek vinyl decking over other products on the market.