DIY Checklist

Before you make the decision to tackle a deck project on your own, make sure you read and understand the Considerations For Building a Deck and Deck Planning Components.

If you’re unsure about going the DIY route, let us help you find a certified and insured builder or contractor to help you.

Shopping Checklist

Finalize Your Design Plans


You’ve planned the perfect deck to fit your lifestyle needs, determined the placement and square footage, considered the location of planters, benches, pools or hot tubs, and furniture, and factored in the number of boards and materials you’ll need, it’s time to make the shopping list.

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Using the Material Calculator

Besides deck boards, you need to consider the soundness of the supporting frame, the finishing fascia and the screws and fasteners. Calculating the materials you need in advance so your project won’t be interrupted by multiple trips to the lumberyard.

Deck Materials Calculator

Tools Checklist

Having the right tools will make your deck building project easier and with professional-looking results. Fortunately, Inteplast Building Products Deck materials have the same workability as traditional wood so you don’t need special tools. Here is a list of tools you might find handy when building your deck.

  • Carpenter's Level
  • Chalk Line
  • Circular Saw
  • Circular Saw Blade
  • Crescent Wrench
  • Drills and Bits
  • Dust Mask
  • Extension Cord
  • Framing Square
  • Gloves
  • Hoe and Hose
  • Pencils
  • Post Hole Digger
  • Rafter Square
  • Safety Glasses
  • Shims or Spacers
  • Shovel
  • Socket Wrench
  • Stakes and Batterboards
  • String
  • Tamper
  • Tape Measure
  • Tool Belt
  • Two-foot Level
  • Wheelbarrow

Before You Begin Building

As with any home construction project, contact your city or county building department to see if a permit is needed to build your new deck, as well as any building code requirements.

  • Permits

    Check with your state, county or city offices for what permits are necessary for the work. And find out any requirement by building code.

  • Underground Cables

    Check with your local utilities companies for help locating any underground cables or wires or call the North American One-Call Referral system at 888-258-0808.

  • Homeowners Association Requirements

    Check with your homeowner association if there are any size, color, product type or design requirements.

Hire Professional Help

Sometimes taking the Do-it-Yourself approach can end up costing you more money and more time than you planned for. After assessing your experience and skills, if you are still unsure of your abilities to build a deck yourself, talk with your local lumberyards or contractors in your area before you proceed.