Steps allow for easy access up and down the deck, especially if it is a raised deck. A raised deck is a type of deck that is above ground level. Homeowners construct raised decks mostly in sloping backyards or gardens. Attaching a staircase to a raised deck is a perfect idea. If your raised deck does not have a step, now is the time to build a step for your deck. Wood steps can complement your deck, but they can crack and rot over time. Composite decking is an excellent option for making a step for your deck. How can you build steps with composite decking?
Building Steps With Composite Decking
If you want to build the steps yourself, you should plan the decking step carefully. You should also ensure that the decking steps are uniform. Building a deck step requires the skill of a professional to ensure consistency.
Additionally, building steps with composite decking starts with measuring the size of the decking stairs; it also includes knowing the height of the deck. A raised deck requires high decking steps, while a low deck will require low decking steps. Below are the guidelines to follow if you want to build steps with composite decking.
Step One – Get the Materials You Need
First, before starting your step project, you need to gather all the materials needed to build the steps. These materials include composite decking, stringers and railings. Apart from that, you will also need a measuring tape, framing square, hammer, bar, wooden post, post cap, and balusters.
Additionally, you will also need a saw to trim the composite decking boards to size. Besides that, you will also need a shovel to make a hole in the ground before building the steps. However, you can as well include a drilling machine to make holes on the board. Safety glasses, hand gloves shouldn’t be left out; ensure you wear them while constructing the steps with composite decking.
Step Two – Mark the Spot You Will Install the Stairs
After gathering the equipment needed, you can now start your step project. Start by marking where you will fasten the stringer to the decking. It will help you determine the height of the composite deck to the ground. In addition, you also need to indicate where you will attach the stringer to the ground. Ensure you mark the spot accurately to create a uniform staircase.
Step Three- Fix the Post
Use a shovel to make a hole where you will fix the post. Ensure you use treated wood for the post. Treated woods are resistant to termites as well as rot or decay. The post will serve as a support for the stringers as well as the railings.
Step Four – Attach the Stringers
You can now begin to attach the stringers to the deck. When you are attaching the stringers, you should ensure that it extends to the ground. Stringers are diagonal pieces of wood that serve as a support of the composite decking steps. You can purchase pre-cut stringers to make it easy.
Before you fix the stringers, attach the connectors to the deck. After you have attached the connectors to the deck, use the connectors to fix the stringers. You can use wood stringers as well as composite decking stingers. It is preferable to use composite decking stringers to wood since composite decking has a longer lifespan than wood. Stringer’s help in determining the rise and the angle of your steps.
Step Five – Fix Composite Decking Boards on the Stringers
After you have fixed the stringer, start installing the composite decking on the stringers. The composite decking boards will serve as the steps on which to step on.
Step Five – Install Railings on the Steps.
Railings provide a form of safety while climbing up and down the steps. When installing the railings, you should ensure that the railings are easy to grip. You will need to install four railings on the steps. The top and bottom railings on both sides of the stairs. Start installing the railings by attaching the railing post outside the steps.
Additionally, you should set the post sleeves and attach balusters to the top and bottom rails.
If you want to build steps with composite decking, you have to plan the decking stairs carefully. Following the approaches in this article will guide you in your decking step projects.