Investing in a new custom deck is an exciting time for everyone involved. The end-result will transform your outdoor living space and create an entirely new experience, one you can enjoy for years to come. However, in order to make sure you get the most out of your new deck, there are five key points we believe every homeowner should consider.
Location is important
The placement of your deck should be considered along with weather patterns and what the intended use for the deck is. If you love being outdoors as much as as you can, consider placing the deck on the side of the house that receives the most sunlight. An additional patio cover can give you shade or partial shade to balance out those hot summers. If all you need is a small deck used for occasional grilling, finding a spot with easy access to your kitchen is ideal.
All decks require some maintenance.
The amount of care needed to maintain your deck for many years varies with the type of materials used. Wood, for example, requires cleaning at least once a year and should also be waterproofed and stained to maintain the natural beauty. Composite decks should be cleaned 2-4 times per year for the best looking results, but does not require waterproofing or stain.
Material choice makes a difference.
Composite materials heat up more quickly during the day and become cool quickly at night. Wood materials, such as the beautiful and exotic Ipé, tend to absorb heat in the core of the boards, which means wood decks remain warm longer into the evening. Some love having a warm deck for barefoot summer evenings, others may prefer to have it cool off when the sun goes down. Darker colored decks also absorb and retain more heat compared to lighter colors.
Build a deck the way you live.
People who love their homes invest in projects that make their outdoor living even more enjoyable. Installing a new deck is like creating an outdoor room, an extension of your daily living space. If you like to entertain guests, consider benches in places that make conversation and gathering easy and natural. If you like to lounge in the sun, find the right shape to optimize the sunlight. Consider style, workmanship, shape, and conveniences such as lighting or power to create the best experience possible.
Choose a reliable team who understands your vision
As exciting as a new deck project can be, it can also be negative experience with results that won’t last the test of time or endure our temperamental Northwest weather. Here are a few points to look out for:
- Make sure to thoroughly read a contractor’s warranty, if they do good work and they’re confident in their ability, they’ll stand behind a warranty that works in your favor.
- Consider the price. If you already have a budget then work with your contractor to make the best choices are being made to achieve your specific goals. The old adage, “you get what you pay for” applies particularly well to any work that requires skill. An excellent contractor may be more expensive upfront, but in the long run (when your deck lasts ten years longer) they are often less expensive.
- Check online reviews and ask for references. Pay particular attention to the three and four star reviews, they tend to be more accurate and inline with the real experience you’ll achieve. In our case you’ll need to read the five star reviews too, we don’t have many lower than that… Spending money to better your home should be done with a company you both respect and feel confident they can deliver the results you want.