When renovating your house, your exterior is just as important as your interior. One component of many people’s outdoor landscapes is decking. Decks give people more usable outdoor living space, and they can create a whole new aesthetic for your yard. But decks are more than a simple boost to your curb appeal. They are useful for providing more functionality to your home.
On top of that, you have to think about how durable your decking is, as well as what maintenance requirements it has. A lot of thought should go into your deck before you decide to install one. Here is everything you should consider before you install your deck.
Functionality and Practicality
The first question to ask yourself is what purpose your deck will serve. Decks can be used for many purposes. You can use them for entertaining guests. You can turn them into quiet hangout spots. You can transform your deck into an outdoor kitchen. Once you know how you will use your deck, you’ll know how to lay out all of your furnishings and how much open space it needs to have. You’ll also want to consider railings if you have small children so that they don’t fall off your deck and injure themselves.
How Will You Create Space?
Decks are often meant to accommodate many people at the same time. For this reason, you need enough space to fit people. While bigger decks naturally have more space, there are ways you can make your deck look larger, even without more space. The idea of railings is great because they serve as non-obtrusive barriers that keep your deck from feeling too small or cramped. You can also add features like a small garden to make your deck feel more full.
What Materials Should Be Used for the Deck?
You always want to think about what materials go best with your deck. Factors that influence your decision should include the upfront cost of materials, the maintenance the material requires, how it looks, and how long it will last you.
You want your deck to complement the rest of your house, so choosing a material that looks good next to your house is a great start. Low-maintenance options are better for large families, especially ones with pets and small children, since they could potentially cause messes. If you just moved into your house, you’ll want a deck that lasts you a long time since you’ll likely want to stay at your new home for many years to come.
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Since 2003, Albaugh & Sons, LLC, has been dedicated to meeting the fencing, decking, and home remodeling needs of homeowners throughout the greater Frederick area. All of our team members are experienced, well-trained, and committed to exceeding the expectations of every customer.