Whether you are building your deck yourself or hiring a professional, there are a few mistakes you’ll want to avoid in the deck-building process. Here at Ready Decks in West Monroe, we understand that getting a new deck can be exciting and you want to start enjoying a barbeque on it as soon as possible. But, you’ll want to step back, take a deep breath, and avoid making common mistakes. The five most common mistakes we see and hear about at Ready Decks in West Monroe are:


Not going in with a plan

This isn’t only a mistake for deck building, it’s also a mistake for most things in life. Make sure you take the time to properly design, plan, and measure every detail. This helps to avoid consequences in the future that could have been avoided with just a little foresight.

Cutting corners with cheap materials

Again, cutting corners is also a great mistake to avoid when deck building, and throughout life. When you try to save money by purchasing cheap materials, it could actually end up costing you more in the long run. When you buy cheap materials, they often are not as strong, break down sooner, and don’t work nearly as well as the proper material would. Save your future self the time and headache later on by using high-quality materials that will last you years to come.


Here at Ready Decks of West Monroe, we always make sure to use the appropriate material and quality for every deck. Learn more about us here and work with us to get your dream deck today!

Failing to get the right permits

Before any work is done, make sure you check with the proper authorities on what paperwork and permits you may need. The old saying, “It’s better to beg for forgiveness than to ask for permission” does NOT apply here. You could be heavily fined, or have to tear down the beautiful deck you worked so hard for. If you are unsure who to ask, then you could ask your HOA, city government, or county office. While permits may seem like a nuisance, they are really set in place to protect you.

Bolting beams to the side of support posts

When building your deck yourself, you may find instructions or guides online that tell you to bolt you deck beams to the sides of your support posts. There are only a few instances where this is the route you want to go — most of which involve having many support beams to distribute the weight. When you think about it, the physics don’t make much sense — why put a load of a deck into the side of a plank when you could place the load directly on top of it.

Not installing handrails

When decks are shorter than 30 inches, in most areas you are technically not required to have a handrail. While you are not legally required to, it can still be a mistake not installing them — especially when you have children or elderly around.


At Ready Decks in West Monroe, we are professionals with years of experience installing decks, porches, and more. Instead of stressing about building a deck yourself, let us take care of everything for you so you can enjoy a high-quality deck quickly and with no headaches. Call us today!