What to Consider Before Installing a Deck for Spring
Backyard decks are truly the best way to extend your living space to the outdoors and enjoy the summer weather with your family. If you’re thinking about adding a deck to your home, here are some things you may want to consider before starting your spring project.
Choosing the Right Materials
A deck installation is an investment in your home and can improve outdoor square footage and usable living space for your family. There are several material options you can choose from, ranging in pricing, quality, and longevity. The most common deck materials include:
- Pressure-treated wood – is typically made from Southern yellow pine and treated with chemicals to help prevent rot and termites
- Tropical hardwoods – very dense and highly durable, come in a variety of rich colors and naturally resist insects and decay
- Redwood and cedar – have natural defenses against rot and insects, but is considered soft and can be damaged and worn by normal use over time
- Composite decking – engineered from a blend of plastic and waste wood fibers, so it can have the texture of real wood, but it doesn’t splinter
Every decking material includes a certain level of maintenance. Wood decking needs to be stained or sealed every couple of years depending on wear and tear and exposure to the elements. If you’re interested in a low maintenance option, you may want to consider composite.
Calculating the Right Proportions
When adding a deck to your home it is important to make sure that your deck size and style compliment the overall aesthetic of your home. Consider the proportion of the deck to your home and to your backyard.
Many homeowners make the mistake of building a deck that is too large for their home. For example, if you live in a home with a main level of approximately 1,000 square feet, your deck shouldn’t exceed 500 square feet.
If your yard area is only 500 square feet, you should consider a deck no larger than 250 square feet. Unbalanced proportions between your home and deck can look awkward and decrease your home’s value.
Make a Plan Early
If you want to enjoy your deck by summer, it’s best to start making a plan in winter or spring. Deck installation is a big project that requires time and planning, and professional contractors will be in high demand. If you’re serious about having a deck, your best option is to get started as soon as possible.
Start by getting quotes from multiple companies and talk to them about your vision. They can work with you through the rest of the steps and help you make the best choices for your home.
Setting a budget will help you narrow down your decisions when it comes to choosing materials and deciding on a design. Professional contractors will be able to help guide your decision-making process and help you stay within budget. They may even have some money-saving tips you hadn’t considered, such as altering the design or choosing a different material.
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If you’re searching for a dedicated team of contractors, call Empire Construction Group today. We are here to help ensure you get the results you deserve for your construction project – big or small.