No matter the season or time of day a quality, well-built deck is a place to relax, have dinner with family, or enjoy conversation under the stars.
The journey to getting that perfect outdoor space can be a long one, though. There’s a lot to consider when designing a deck, and a lot of planning that needs to be done if your finished product is going to be exactly what you want it to be.
Decks, porches, and patios can be important living spaces, creating an appealing transition between indoors and outdoors. Because they are exposed to the weather, decks and porches will not be as durable as the rest of the house unless weather-resistant materials and installation techniques are used. Perhaps most important, special attention must be paid to how decks and porches attach to the rest of the house.
While decks are open to the sky, porches are roofed. Grade-level decks with a top surface of concrete, brick, stone, or tile are called patios.
 

THINGS TO CONSIDER

 
Make sure you know exactly what you want to use your deck for, as it will help you with your design and figuring out the location of the deck.
Be aware of how much space you have available, too. You could design the greatest deck in the world, but if you don’t have space for it then you won’t end up with the deck you want.
If it turns out you have less space than you thought, don’t give up. You can still design a beautiful deck that fits your needs, while still working within the limitations of your yard. Get creative. If you don’t have the room for a lot of furniture, look into other possibilities, like making benches that are attached to the railings.
Even under the best conditions, many outdoor structures will need regular maintenance and eventual replacement. The right materials can significantly extend service life, making higher initial costs worthwhile. Decks in particular suffer grueling conditions. The number of specialized building products, especially for exterior decking, has increased dramatically in recent years, reducing maintenance requirements without sacrificing durability.
 

 

DECK OPTIONS

 
Pressure Treated Wood
Pressure-treated lumber is not prone to either insect damage or decay, and it’s less expensive than the few alternatives on the market.
Trex
Trex is the world’s #1 decking brand and the inventor of wood-alternative composite decking. Trex invented, defined and perfected composite decking with a selection of low-maintenance, high-performance, eco-friendly decking products that help create the perfect outdoor living space. Trex composite decks have the beauty of natural hardwoods without the hassle of labor-intensive upkeep. There's no sanding, staining, or painting - just simple soap-and-water cleanup. Because Trex believes that you should spend your time relaxing on your deck, not maintaining it.