I need planning permission to build a deck?
Not usually. Most
decks - as an addition to an existing property - do not require planning
permission. However, this may be different for homes in a conservation area,
listed buildings or homes governed by local neighborhood ordinances. Before
you make any decisions about building your deck, find out if there are any
restrictions or limitations on adding a deck to your property. Examine your
deed for easements, review local zoning laws for restrictions and check your
Home Owners’ Association guidelines, if applicable.
Do you have design software to help plan my
Yes. We offer Do-It-Yourself downloadable software to help
you create the perfect additions to your outdoor spaces quickly and easily,
including decks, garages, sheds, patios, fences, and a multitude of other
projects. All the guesswork is eliminated as the software handles the
calculations, creates custom plans, and instantly generates a personalized
How can I buy the decking materials I need?
You can purchase the materials you need to build your deck at your local The
Home Depot store. Start in the Lumber and Building Materials section of the
store and you’ll likely need to visit the Tools & Hardware section of the
store, as well. If you have specific questions regarding decking materials, an
associate at the Pro desk will be your best resource.
If your local store does not have what you need in stock, place a special
order directly with the manufacturer at the Special Services desk. This allows
The Home Depot to "extend the aisles” and provide you with an additional
service for your convenience. There are thousands of items available through
our in-store Special Order program. Our Special Order manufacturers are
experts at producing and shipping the items that are not typically on the
shelves of our stores. Special order products can take up to 6 weeks to be
delivered to the store. Most special order products are delivered to the store
for the customer to pick up. Some products can actually be delivered straight
to your doorstep. In either case, all special orders must be paid for at the
time the order is placed.
You can also find many of the products you’ll need to build your deck on
homedepot.com and have them delivered right to your door. You’ll also find
product information, buying guides and project know-how on homedepot.com to
assist you through your deck building process.
Can The Home Depot help me install my deck?
In many cases, yes. Our decking professionals make it easy to add your new
deck while offering professional design and quality installation. To find out
more information about getting your deck installed by The Home Depot
professionals, visit the Home Services desk in your local store, or browse our
Composite is a combination of polymer resins
and premium recycled wood fiber, offering the best of both materials. The
resins shield the wood from insect and moisture damage, protect the wood from
UV damage and add stability and traction.
Can composite be used for the deck support
No. While composite is tough and durable, it does not
have the same stiffness as wood. Therefore, it is not intended for use as a
load bearing post, joist or any other primary load-bearing member.
Can composite be painted?
of composite is its durability and its low-maintenance care. Although
composite can be painted, the low-maintenance quality of the material may be
diminished due to the need for additional and ongoing care to the painted
surface. If you choose to paint your composite, you should allow the material
to fully weather. Weathering can take 90 – 180 days or one full summer.
Touch-ups and rework will be necessary every few years as composite materials
do not absorb paint to the extent of 100% wood. Be sure to talk with an
associate in The Home Depot’s paint department to help identify the
appropriate type of paint as oil-based paints adhere best to composite
Is composite slippery when wet?
composite is not slippery when wet.
Do I need special tools to work with composite?
No. Composite can be cut, drilled, routed and nailed using standard tools.
pressure treated wood safe for my family?
treated wood The Home Depot stocks is safe when used in residential
applications when the industry wide safety handling instructions are
followed. For additional information regarding safety handling instructions,
please read the Safety and
Handling Instructions below.*
Why are different species of lumber available
in different parts of the country?
Different species of lumber
respond differently to such location-specific factors as weather, earthquakes,
hurricanes, moisture changes, insects, stress, snow loads and so on. Local
building codes specify which lumber species and grades are appropriate for a
particular area. The Home Depot stocks lumber that is species specific to
various regions, usually species that pros have successfully used in the area
What's the difference between nominal and actual
There is a difference between the labeled, or nominal, size
and the actual size. For example, a nominal 2"x4" is actually 1 1/2" by 3 1/2"
Lumber mills start with wet wood. Many mills dry the wood, causing it to
shrink slightly. Then they surface each piece, resulting in a finished product
whose actual size is smaller than the original, nominal size. Over the years,
grading rules have accepted dry and surfaced wood as the actual size.
Can I stain pressure-treated lumber right away?
We recommend using the "cup-of-water" test before staining. Take a cup of
water and pour it onto the treated lumber in several places. If the water is
absorbed and doesn't bead up, the lumber is ready for painting or staining.
will my deck change due to weathering?
general, as wood is exposed to environmental elements, it will begin to fade,
especially if it is left untreated. The extent of fading depends on the type
of wood, the temperature, the frequency and type of environmental exposure and
time. At The Home Depot, three primary solid wood materials are available:
Cedar, Redwood and Southern Yellow Pine. Left untreated, the woods will
weather to varying shades distinguished silvery grey.
Composite: Composite material is a heavy weight material that helps
resist warping, cracking or splitting. This durability also helps to reduce
weathering and can help prolong the life and look of your deck.
How do I maintain my deck?
Maintenance is minimal with decks requiring a scrub down with a stiff brush or
power hose once or twice a year. We recommend painting or staining your wood
deck every two years, or as needed. Composite decking does not need to be
stained and need only be washed once or twice a year to maintain.