Are you considering upgrading your deck? Maybe you don’t yet have a deck yet and are considering expanding your outdoor living space. In either case, you’ve got plenty of options! Consider these questions when designing your new deck.
- Where will you put the deck? You could build it over a garage, in an unused portion of your yard, or against a hill or slope. You could also do something a little bit unusual, like building a deck in the front yard and enclosing it, like a courtyard.
- What kind of deck will it be? You can attach a deck to your house, which is often done with an L-shaped or U-shaped home. This can be an effective way to provide additional living space, by creating a bridge between exterior doors on different parts of your house. A detached, floating, or island deck can be placed anywhere on the property, but it will need a pathway or steps to make it accessible. A wraparound deck is like an old-fashioned wraparound porch, but it can have parts that are larger and more room-like. A multi-level deck is great for a yard with uneven terrain, and a rooftop deck can be a good solution if you don’t have much available space in your yard but do have a flat roof on your house or garage.
- How will you use your deck? If you want a small, private deck for relaxing, a side yard might be the perfect place for it. You could put a deck with a hot tub outside your exterior bedroom door, perhaps adding a privacy screen and container plants to make it your own oasis. If you’ve got a swimming pool, a deck installed around it will be easier on swimmers’ feet than hot concrete or stone. A deck can also make an above-ground pool more accessible. On the front of your house, a deck can act as a front porch that’s not covered overhead. You can have it built to reflect your home’s architectural design so that it doesn’t look like an afterthought, and perhaps even add built in benches or planter boxes. If you intend to create an outdoor dining space, a deck can be an excellent option. Locate it near your indoor kitchen, and consider including a grill, sink, counter, bar, food-prep space, and dining area. Of course, if you want a deck that allows you to enjoy the view and catch the breeze, a rooftop deck may be the right option for you.
- How much maintenance are you willing to do to keep your deck in good shape? Wooden decks require regular inspection, maintenance, and repair. Each year, check our deck for wood damage, rot, loose nails, and general wear and tear so that you can address these issues before they become major problems.
- What material will you use to build your new deck? This may be the most important question of all. Wood decking is usually made of pressure treated softwood like hemlock, fir, or pine, or more expensive woods like teak or redwood. Wooden decks can be truly beautiful, and they’re typically cost-effective, but if you’re not willing to keep up with the maintenance they require, they may not be for you. Wood composite decking is another option, made of high-density polyethylene and wood particles. It can be eco-friendly when it’s made from recycled materials. It’s low-maintenance and doesn’t have splinters like wood decking can, it’s guaranteed not to rot or split, and it never needs to be stained or have some other protective finish. The drawbacks of composite decking are that it feels like plastic and is more expensive than wood. PVC decking, also called synthetic decking, is lightweight and durable. It can have a wood-like look and is easier to handle than composite decking. It doesn’t rot or need to be finished, and many homeowners like the look of it. It doesn’t look much like wood, though, and is much more expensive than wood.
A great deck can make for great outdoor living space, but when you’re ready for a pool or spa, call Aaron Pools. Established in 1972, this family-owned-and-operated business has a dedicated, award-winning team with over 400 years of combined experience. We love to help improve the quality time that families spend together at home, and that’s why we’ve installed more than 2,000 swimming pools and hot tubs, from Cape Cod to Connecticut. For the best possible service from our highly experienced installation team, call 508-689-5042 or contact us today.