If you want to add to your living space adding a deck to your home is a great way to do this. A deck not only gives you extra space, but you can enjoy time sitting outside with your family. Below is information about choosing a deck so you can hire a deck builder to do this for you.
There are many materials that can be used to build a deck. One is pressure-treated wood, which is beneficial as it is resistant to stains and water. You do have to make sure you seal the wood regularly, or it will crack and warp. You need to keep the wood cleaned and restain it at times.
There is also composite wood that comes in a variety of textures and colors. Composite wood lasts a long time if you take good care of it as it will not rot or crack. You do have to consider composite wood can scratch and gets scuffs easily. Also, if you spill something on the wood, it can stain unless you clean it up quickly.
PVC is another material you can choose that is highly resistant to moisture. PVC is also easy to clean and resistant to pests, such as termites. You can find PVC that mimics wood for a much cheaper price. The boards may make a squeaking sound when you walk on them, however.
You can choose redwood or cedar as the decking material because these woods are resistant to insects and, over time, turn into a beautiful gray color. You do have to waterproof this wood regularly to keep it in good condition.
Hardwood lasts a long time if you care for it. This type of decking material may be more expensive than other types, but they do make beautiful decks.
Once you choose your material you need to choose a deck design. If the deck will be in a sunny area of your yard, a pergola design will provide you with protection from the sun's damaging rays but still allow some sunlight to get through. If you have a sloped yard, choose a deck that is multilevel. This can be beneficial as each level can be used for different things.
If you live in a neighborhood, ask the deck builder if they can add a privacy fence. The fencing does need to be anchored and braced to the deck, so it holds up in high winds.
The deck builder that you hire can give you more information to help you choose your deck.
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