What to Know About Adding a Deck

The only way to enjoy the outdoors to the full extent is to spend as much time out there as you can. If you aren’t the camping hiking type, but you do love being outdoors, a deck might be the best answer for your needs. Outdoor living spaces have really evolved over the past few years. Where people used to just have a table and some chairs, now you see real outdoor living with plush couches to sit on, outdoor fireplaces and pits, and tables to eat at and kitchens to cook at. If you are going to build a deck, there are a few things you should be aware of beforehand.

Deciding On A Deck Or A Patio

Both a deck and an outdoor patio are good options if you want to spend more time outdoors especially if you have outdoor furniture/patio furniture, as you should know, there are different designs. An outdoor patio tends to be on the ground, usually made from a material like bricks, pavers or concrete. A deck, on the other hand, tends to be made from decking wood boards and is often “propped” up using a platform, however, that’s not always the case. There are three main types of decks; platform decks, decks that sit on the ground using a 14 inch frame, or decks that sit on top of a basement or the ground. You can also choose to build a deck that steps down onto a patio or a deck that is multi-level and has the deck furniture or the patio furniture. There are a lot of different options available.

What Is The Deck For?


Like with any other room or addition you need to first figure out what you want to use the space for, before the design process and with this a deck builder can help you better. The function for the deck is important, but it will also help you figure out other aspects like how big you need the deck to be, what your budget is, and what extras you would like. For instance, if you want to have a true outdoor living space to have parties, have people over to entertain, etc you will probably want a larger deck that either has a separate space for a table and chairs or has stairs that will lead you down to a patio. On the other hand, if you want peace, relaxation, and privacy, you will want a design that allows for just that; by adding something like a pergola you can create privacy.  Also, consider lattice work and an arbor.  

How Will You Get To The Deck

When most people build a deck according to parr.com, it’s on to the side of the home. If you already have a door that leads outside, congrats, you have already won half the battle! If not, then you will need to create a door leading outside to where the deck will be and this will cost extra to create an opening, get it insulated, buy a door, etc. If you are using the deck for dining out, you will want to place the deck door as close to the kitchen as possible. Of course, you can also build an outdoor kitchen outside as well if your budget allows for it!

Choosing The Right Materials

Also, when you build a deck there are more materials available than you might think. Wood is popular, yes, but there are other options. All materials have their own pros and cons of course, but here are a few to consider.

Composite Decking: Composite looks and feels a lot like wood, but in a lot of cases, it has more benefits than wood. First off, it won’t rot, it won’t splinter, and it won’t crack. No more worrying about the UV rays killing your deck! Most of these decks will last anywhere from 20 to 30 years, and with very little upkeep. However composite decking does have a PVC element, so they don’t work well with fire. What this means; if you have a fireplace or a fire pit and an ember just so happens to sneak out and hit the deck, it will cause a mark or bubble up and it’s very hard to get rid of. Just watch where the embers are going and try to control the heat when possible. Don’t lay anything hot right on the surface!

Wood: The most looked at material, wood comes in all sorts of colors and style options – just like the composite decking above. People like to try and mimic wood with laminates or engineered wood, but no other material looks or feels as good as real wood does. You will need to take care of this though, unlike the composite decking, this needs a lot of tender care. You will need to re-oil it and reseal it quite often, and you will also need to sweep it off whenever dirt or leaves fall on it – bacteria loves moist wood, as do little critters. If you still wish to look into some other reasonable alternatives, tilemarkets.com to have good choices.