A deck can increase the enjoyability factor of your property. Whether you want your deck as a hidden oasis in the backyard, or you want one out front so you can people watch in the neighborhood, there are things to consider when designing the perfect deck for your home.
Your first decision is what materials to use for the deck. The decision will come down to pressure treated lumber or a composite material made of plastic and wood fibers. Wood options for decks must be rot resistant, so redwood, cedar, or pressure treated lumber is typically the primary choices. Composite materials feel like they are made of plastic, but they look much like wood, so the only decision to be made if you go this route is the color.
Wood decking options will require more maintenance than composites. Once installed, a composite deck only needs to be periodically swept and rinsed off. Wood decks will require annual pressure cleaning, particularly if moss or algae is an issue. Wood also needs to be repainted or resealed every couple of years. Although the wood used for decking is rot resistant, it isn't rot proof. Skipping out on this maintenance can cause the deck to decay.
What is the function of your deck? If your sole goal is to sit outside and watch the sun set or read a book, a small, simple deck may be all you need. On the other hand, if cookouts and big, friendly get-togethers are your ultimate goal, then you need a larger deck that can accommodate a grilling station and plenty of seating. You can't design the best deck for your home until you know the functions that you want it to serve.
Style decisions can be made once you are sure of your deck's function. For example, a deck for entertaining may work best if it has built-in rail side seating. If you are building for the view, then you may want to skip the standard deck rails and opt for glass rails instead so nothing is between you and your view. You must also consider how the design of the deck will blend with the rest of your home. For example, if your home is surrounded by wrought iron fencing, then you may want to use wrought iron railings on the deck to complement your house's design.
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