One of the most common additions you can make as a homeowner is to add a beautiful outdoor deck to your home. By incorporating a deck, you are increasing your living space and providing a valuable space to gather with friends and family or to host parties and gatherings, all while enjoying the great outdoors. There are many benefits to adding a deck to your home, which will make it a meaningful investment.
If you are thinking about resale value, building a deck can increase your home’s value. It will also increase your yard’s usability. Whether you have a small or sloped yard or rough terrain, a deck will improve your yard by making it a more functional, usable space.
There are many options and flexibility for the kind, type and design of a deck that you want. A deck will make your home more eye pleasing and increase your home’s overall quality and the design can look natural and appealing to match the design of your home.
Unlike in the past, now there are many options in decking materials to choose from and it is important to understand each one. Making the right decision is essential in ensuring the durability of your deck as well as your enjoyment and use of it. Wood decks include Pressure-Treated Wood, Cedar and Tropical Hardwoods, while Synthetic decking includes Composite and Cellular PVC. Each type has its own pros and cons and they need to all be considered carefully.
Wood decking materials such as Pressure-Treated can be less costly when it comes to materials and are more commonly available, therefore replacing boards does not become an issue. Wood is one of the strongest and easiest to work with for building decks. Although a wood deck may cost less upfront, it is important to consider the cost and time it will take after the building is complete to maintain it in order to enjoy the deck for years to come. Wood decks require periodically cleaning and sealing. They are also prone to splinters, cupping, shrinking, swelling and degrading over time.