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There is nothing like a beautiful deck to increase the enjoyment of your
home. Decks provide an outdoor area for the family to relax and also
add space to your home. Decks are particularly usable in the warmer
months, but they can also be designed for use during cold weather.
Until the 1990s, exterior decks were usually made from wood lumber. Pressure-treated softwood was an economical alternative to higher-priced clear red cedar or redwood decking. However, most wood decking will turn gray when left to the elements, and it will crack, bow, and split if not properly maintained. More recently, certain tropical hardwoods and various composite decking alternatives have become available. Composite decking products, typically made from wood fiber and recycled plastic, last longer and require less maintenance than many types of wood decking. Although they are more expensive than traditional forms of decking, many people find the convenience of composite decking surfaces to be well worthwhile.
When it comes to ideas for your deck, the sky's the limit! You may want to design a simple, one-level deck, or you can design a multilevel deck with lots of square footage. You can shade your deck with an awning or a pergola, or you may choose to expose your deck fully to the sun. Decks can include hot tubs, outdoor kitchens, and even cozy fireplaces for outside winter fun. You'll want your deck's appearance to co-ordinate with the style of your house, and there are a wide variety of railing and fastener choices that will help you achieve this objective. One very popular deck-building choice these days is concealed fasteners. These fasteners enable you to construct a deck without nails on the surface. Not only does the finished deck look sleeker, but injuries from raised nails are avoided.
Whatever the design of your deck, remember to include all of the extras in your budget. In addition to the decking itself, be sure to factor deck trim, footings, railings, and any extra features into the final price of your deck.
Once you have designed your deck and selected your deck plan, you will probably need to submit your construction plans to your local building department for review and permitting. The permit request should include drawings and exact measurements of the deck and a list of all materials to be used. Check with your building department to find out exactly what they need.
On Deck-Ideas.com, you will find a broad range of deck planning, design, and construction resources, including convenient links to deck photos, deck plans and construction ideas. You can also get matched with local deck builders and locate suppliers of decking, railings, and deck fasteners. We hope you find this information helpful in planning your new outdoor living space!
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