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How to Install a New Wraparound Deck on Your Old Log Cabin

Installing a wraparound deck will substantially increase the value of your cabin and make it the perfect warm weather getaway. While these decks have many different benefits, making any changes to a backcountry home can be quite challenging. As a log cabin owner, you must spend a little extra time and energy planning out every single aspect of this extensive renovation project.

Get Your Permits Early

Even if your log cabin is deep in the forest, you never want to carry out any renovations without a permit. You must apply for a city or county permit before you pour any cement or anchor your first post. These permits are typically not that expensive for cabins, and they will save you from quite a few headaches down the road.

Choosing the Material

As a general rule, you want to choose materials that closely resemble the exterior of your log cabin. If you can’t find the exact same type of wood, then you should test various types of paint and stains to get a similar tone. Another option is to use a composite material made from compressed wood shavings or a blend of wood and plastic. These materials are extremely durable, and some composite decks will last for 20 years or longer if they are cared for properly.

Anchoring Options

When a deck is installed around a traditional home with a thick cement foundation, anchoring the ledger is generally quite easy. Unfortunately, this process is going to be a little trickier if your log cabin doesn’t have a brick or concrete foundation. You might need to work with an experienced contractor to come up with an alternative such as increasing the depth of the footings or adding more footings.

Does My Deck Need a Cover?

You will need to consider a couple of different variables when you are deciding if your deck should have a roof and walls. As a general rule, the deck will not be counted in the total square footage of the cabin unless it is completely covered and heated. You should also consider covering the deck to protect it from rain, snow, and direct sunlight, just as if you would a carport from a company like Coast to Coast Carports, Inc. Adding a cover or roof is slightly more expensive in the beginning, but it could save you money in the long run.

Before installing your deck, you also need to consider how the renovation will affect other features of your cabin such as the rain gutters, downspouts, and HVAC system. Many people must make structural changes to their log cabin in order to accommodate extensive additions and upgrades.

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