It’ll probably come to no surprise that adding a deck to your home significantly improves your house’s resale value, and also provides a tremendous area to relax in the summer. If you’re a DIY type of person, building a deck yourself is totally doable… that is if you have the right equipment of course!
Unless you already have all of the necessary equipment lying around, you should consider renting the equipment instead of purchasing it all. Equipment rentals in Monroe, LA are much cheaper than buying everything. Let’s look at everything you’ll need to make a beautiful new back deck.
You’ve got to start somewhere when you build a deck. You might as well decide what type of material you want your deck to be made of. The most common and cheapest deck material is pressure treated (or PT) wood, but you can also opt for more expensive hardwood, composite materials, or even aluminum. The choice is yours. Depending on the material you choose, you’ll also need nails or screws, and of course cement to place the posts.
The days of sawing boards by hand are behind us (thankfully). If you’ve opted to build your deck by yourself and don’t already own a power saw, consider equipment rentals in Monroe, LA. Unless you do a lot of DIY projects, you don’t need to go out and spend a few hundred dollars on a new table saw. You can rent one of ours for a few hours and save yourself a lot of money.
Post hole augers
If you want your new deck to stay upright, you’ll need to make sure your posts are well entrenched in the ground. Digging a hole with a regular shovel isn’t going to do the trick, you’ll need a post hole auger to do the job right and ensure your posts are deep enough in the ground.
To really make sure your posts are going to stay in the ground and keep your deck safe, you need to fill the post holes with cement. Quick setting concrete is great for mailboxes and fences, but since you’re building a full deck, rent a cement mixer and fill your post holes with the good stuff.
A top of the line mini excavator is going to set you back a couple thousand dollars. Rent one of ours for a short amount of time and save a whole lot of cash. As an added bonus, if you rent one you don’t need to worry about where you’re going to store an excavator at your house.
Putting your new deck together is going to take a long time unless you rent an air compressor. Hammering nail after nail is not only time consuming, it also puts major strain on your arms. Renting an air compressor and nail gun will save you a lot of time and arm pain. Once you’ve nailed the final board, you can use your rented air compressor to quickly and easily paint your brand new deck as well.
Next time you set off on a DIY project like building a deck, don’t go out and spend a lot of money on equipment. Rent your equipment from us and save thousands of dollars, and tons of storage space in your garage.