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For homeowners, a deck is an outdoor living space that can be utilized for entertaining and relaxing. If you have decided to add a deck to your property or upgrade an existing one, you have many options when it comes to style and function.

Deck Material

The first thing you should consider is the type of material you want to use. When considering this option you should think about the function and purpose of your deck. You also need to consider the cost of these materials and how that fits into your budget. There are many choices for wood decks including theater, pine, or oak. All wood decks need to be treated to prevent wood rot and termite infestation. Other materials for deck building include composite materials. This option is more expensive at the outset, but over time because of its low maintenance level, it can save you money.

Deck Design

When thinking about options for decks another important aspect to consider is the design. A deck that is low to the ground, also called a platform deck, does not require railings, and involves a fairly simple installation process. A gazebo can be added to a platform deck to give it a more personal touch. A platform deck can also be screened in.

Another option is a raised deck. This option is popular for homes with main floors that are above ground level. This type of deck requires a railing and supports that are anchored securely to the ground. When choosing a railing, you have a great opportunity to add a personal design touch to your property. A wood railing is a great choice to complement a wood deck. Wood railings can also be accented with metal detailing. If you’re using a composite material for your deck you may want to build a railing out of matching material. Composite material railings often come in kits and are easy to install. For very modern designs, glass railings may be a good design option.

Deck Finishing

To ensure the longevity of your deck you will need to make sure that once construction is completed you finish it for proper sealant. Whether your deck is made of wood or a composite material you will need to make sure that it is properly sealed to protect against water damage, sun damage, and insects. A popular option for finishing wood decks is a dark colored stain. It gives the wood a more natural look while protecting it at the same time.

There are a myriad of choices when it comes to building a new deck or replacing an existing structure. A beautifully built deck can add curb appeal to your home, and can provide your family with a functional outdoor living space. It is important that when you are considering options for decks that you make sure your budget allows for proposed changes and that you are comfortable with the design and layout. A new deck can be a wonderful addition to your home.

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