Building a deck is a great project to invest in as the weather gets nicer. It’s the perfect place to have your friends and family over for a barbecue, and of course you’ll love enjoying the product of your hard work all summer. Getting started on a deck can seem overwhelming at first. All you need is a plan of what you’re envisioning, a budget for that plan, and a decision on how large you want your deck to be. Here’s everything you need to know about decking to help you plan and build a beautiful deck for your home.
There are many different deck styles you can choose from. First, decide if you want a small deck for small get-togethers or a large, wraparound deck where you can host large parties. You’ll then want to decide what you want it to look like.
There are several different types of material you can choose to use when building your deck. Wood is a popular option due to its wide availability and affordable price. Cedar is a good choice as it’s lightweight but strong, which you’ll want if you plan on having a high amount of traffic on the deck. The oils that occur in cedar are resistant to pesky insects so the deck won’t break down. Redwood is another material that’s common for decks, particularly on the West Coast. The color is a beautiful one that will stand out from your neighbors’ decks.
Composite is another material that’s popular. It’s quickly becoming more common than wood. Composite is made from recycled plastics and wood fibers. They’re immune to rot or insects, which can normally cost hundreds of dollars to deal with. You also won’t have to worry about the deck splintering or warping, so it’ll stay looking nice over time. This material is almost completely maintenance-free, so the hardest part is building the deck initially. As technology advances, more and more composite decks look and even feel similar to wood decks.