When you are thinking about a building a deck, it can feel like it is a pretty simple process, but in actuality, it can be fairly complex. There are a lot of things to consider from where on the home you want it located, the size of the deck and the material you want to use.
When deciding on where on your home you want the deck located, take into consideration not only the location of the exit out of the back of the home, but also how the deck will look from inside of the home. Can you locate it more to one side or the other to avoid it blocking certain views from inside the home? If it is unavoidable to block the view from inside the home, maybe you consider smaller 3/4″ round aluminum balusters instead of the standard larger 2″x2″ balusters to open up the view. Also, will you have enough clearance to exit the back of your home and get to the stairs while holding items or having multiple people or pets exiting the home at the same time? While deciding on the location of the deck, the stair location is also important to consider to ensure that you aren’t blocking any possible basement windows that are under the new deck or deck stairs.
“While holding items or having multiple people or pets exiting the home at the same time, will you have enough clearance to exit your home and get to the stairs?”
When deciding on the size of the deck you want, you want to consider the activities you plan on doing on your deck. Are you only wanting to grill on the deck or do you want to dine? Or maybe you want to grill, dine and relax? All of these activities require a certain amount of space and you want to make sure you plan for the amount of space you will need. You would rather build a larger than needed deck than build a deck that you feel is big enough only to find out it isn’t big enough and then you regret not going larger.
“Don’t regret not going larger.”
In regards to the material choices between wood and composite, your initial budget needs to be considered, but more importantly how you will maintain the deck ongoing. If you are on a tight budget and understand that a wood deck will require annual cleaning plus re-staining which you plan to keep up for the next approximately 10-20 years that a wood deck could last, then wood is a fine choice for you. If you realize that you won’t have the time or desire to maintain a wood deck every year and you are able to invest more upfront to save money in the long run, composite is definitely the option that will probably fit your situation better. Read our information about the differences between wood and composite decks to help you in make this decision.
“Wood decks are less expensive but require annual maintenance. Composite decks are a larger up-front investment, but do not have traditional maintenance requirements. Which is best for you?”
Because Rock Solid Builders designs and builds over 100 outdoor living projects every year, we are the experts to help you with these decisions and look forward to helping you design your new dream deck! Contact us today for a free deck estimate consultation at your home!