We’re approaching one of the best times of the year to have a deck. The weather is still warm enough to be outdoors but mild enough to enjoy the afternoons and evenings without the sweat. So what do you do if you don’t have a deck or if you have one but it’s not in the best shape of its life? Call a contractor, of course!
Adding a deck is an extremely popular way to increase both the living space and value of your home. Decks come in all shapes, sizes, and materials and are completely customizable to your wishes. Read on for some points on things to consider about decking.
Make sure you have a solid understanding of how you will be using your deck so that your contractor can best meet your wishes. Maybe you are using it for evening dinners, gathering around a fire pit, or have a need for a complete outdoor kitchen. It’s really up to you, your space, and your budget.
A licensed contractor can take your wishes into consideration and develop a layout that meets your needs, as well as discuss things that maybe you hadn’t considered, like shade, lighting, and access from multiple points.
There are basically two main material choices when it comes to building a deck: wood or composite. While wood used to be seen as the more luxurious choice, it has now become apparent that the necessary upkeep for a wood deck may not always be worth it.
In contrast, composite boards are an engineered product and are a mixture of wood fibers and plastic. Higher priced options can come with 20-25 year warranties. However, composite boards are more expensive in general, so you must decide if you are going to invest in the upkeep of wood—whether you do it yourself or hire a professional—or if you’re going to pay those maintenance costs up front by using composite. Both options come out looking beautiful so the choice is completely yours. Not sure which one to choose? Discuss with your contractor!
If you live in a development or deal with HOAs, make sure there isn’t a regulation preventing you from installing your choice. Some HOAs do not allow wood installation because if they aren’t maintained, they look bad. Meanwhile, some HOAs insist on wood for their natural appeal.
There are hundreds of deck-related injuries each year in the U.S. Most of these injuries come from poorly built decks which are unable to handle the weight load of normal traffic, gatherings of family/friends, and even hot tubs. A licensed contractor will be able to inspect the area and recommend the options that will best suit your home.
Also, if your deck is more than 10 years old, it’s important to get it inspected as building codes change over time.
It’s Deck Time!
What it all boils down to is that a deck is a place for your family to live their lives. Seeking the help of a professional is the best way to ensure everyone stays safe and everyone has fun. If you have any questions or concerns about decking reach out to Mike at Allied Construction Services in Montgomery, Alabama by calling 334-281-3001. You can also email Mike here.