The number one project people cheap out on is their deck. Whether it’s a last minute Builder’s special, built when all the money’s been spent, or a handyman special, commissioned by overly optimistic homeowners, a cheap deck is likely to damage your home and your body. Improperly flashing the deck where it attaches to the home is a standard mistake which will rot the wall at the point of attachment and can be very costly to fix. Railings, stairways, and landings which are improperly layed out, or insecurely fastened will provide years of inconvenience, repetitive stress injuries, and even instant tragic consequences. The whole structure must be on a sufficient size and
number of footings, or it will sink and heave. The framing should be engineered at the very least by a competent designer or design program which takes into account local conditions like snow load and use, like live loads generated by a group of persons dancing the Macarena(I’m so old). If you are going to go cheap, I recommend you throw some pallets in the mud and nail some plywood to the top and call it good, otherwise you will be costing yourself or the next homeowner seriously. These underbuilt decks can be found on 9 out of 10 builds. Beware, bad design costs you time and money.