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The 4 Most Important Factors to Consider Before Building a Deck

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Deciding to add a new deck to your property can add value to your home and your quality of life. However, building a new deck is a time-consuming project. Therefore, it’s crucial that you are knowledgeable and able to make decisions along the way that will ensure you get the best outdoor entertainment space possible.

Because a new deck should last you for decades to come, it’s important to get it right. Here are a few factors our deck builders say you should always consider before starting your deck installation project.

Materials: One of the first things you should consider when planning your deck construction project is the deck materials you will be using. The material you choose for your deck will directly impact its longevity, cost, maintenance requirements, durability, and aesthetics. While you obviously want your deck to look nice and complement your home, you should also choose a material that will last a long time and allow you to enjoy your deck without having to perform extensive maintenance.

While a classic wooden deck is always a popular choice, keep in mind that it will require more maintenance than vinyl materials. If you have any questions about the pros and cons of various deck materials, talk to your deck builders during the design process.

Size: Another primary consideration should be the size of your new deck. The size of your deck should complement your home rather than overcrowding it. In addition, you should choose a size you will be able to easily maintain. Not only does size impact the aesthetics and functionality of your deck, but it also will directly impact the overall cost of the project. This means you should select a size that not only satisfies your wants and needs, but is also within a realistic budget. Finally, make sure your deck will still leave space in your yard for other activities that are important to you.

Location: Deciding where your deck will go is another crucial factor to consider. Privacy is something you need to think about — do you want your deck directly facing your neighbors? Is there a location that will allow you to use your deck without being on display to the whole neighborhood? If there isn’t a great location that will allow you maximum privacy, you can always utilize additional features such as trellises, foliage, fencing, and pergolas. These features will allow your deck to be in the desired location while still providing privacy. You should also consider how easily accessible the location will be from the interior of your home. Having convenient access to a door in your home will allow you to get the most out of your deck area. For home chefs and barbecue lovers, convenient kitchen access can also be a major plus.

Functionality: When designing your deck, it’s also important to think about what you want to use your new outdoor space for. A recent survey by Harris Poll for the National Association of Landscape Professionals looked at 2,034 U.S. adults and found that 75% of them believe it is important to spend time in their yards or outdoor area. Because of this, your deck should be designed with your lifestyle in mind. Common uses for decks include entertaining, dining, gardening, and surrounding a pool or spa area.

Materials, size, location, and functionality should be primary considerations when planning your new deck.  By Carl’s Fencing, Decking & Home Improvements will be able to help you make all of these decisions and more. Working with By Carl’s  will help you through the process and ensure that your new deck not only looks nice, but is also safe and functional.

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