In most cases it’s a good idea to have the deck installed a couple of inches lower than the house floor. This helps prevent rain, snow and ice from backing up under the door threshold and into the house. Decks with swing doors may have more of a step down particularly if you are in a snow region with no awning overhanging the door.
Unless we are going over our own stain, it is necessary to try to remove the existing product to allow our penetrating stain to work properly.
Standard wood working and power tools are all that you need. Most orders only require an electric drill with assorted drills and bits, tape measure, pencil, & a hacksaw. For cutting the decking, a blade for non-ferrous materials must be used.