Adding a deck to your home, or remodeling an old one, can instantly add value to your property and provide you with additional space to enjoy your backyard. As with any building project, proper planning is key. There are several considerations for building a deck that will provide an enjoyable space you can enjoy for years to come.
There are many choices for decking materials on the market today. Pressure-treated lumber is the most popular and least expensive option. Rot-resistant wood species such as cedar and redwood are also popular choices with homeowners, as is composite decking. Made out of recycled materials, composite decking doesn’t require sanding, staining or painting like traditional wood. However, in terms of upfront costs, composite decking is more expensive.
Deck railings are required to meet building codes and keep everyone on your deck safe, especially pets and small children. Railings come in countless styles, allowing you to provide your personal touch and sense of style. Standard wooden railings are widely used and cost-effective, especially for large decks. Aluminum railings are also an option for their wide variety of colors and styles and can be relatively inexpensive to install. Decorative metal railings have been used inside homes to give it a craftsman feel; however, many homeowners also choose the timeless look of metal balusters for decks as well.
Not only do lights provide illumination for using your deck after the sun goes down, but they also add a decorative touch. Deck post cap lights provide accent lighting, and rope lights installed under rail caps gives your space a soft glow. If you have stairs, lighting helps make your deck safer when it’s dark. There are many other solar and low-voltage options available for your project including string, recessed and in-floor lighting.
With the right design elements, your new deck will add a relaxing space for family and friends to enjoy the great outdoors.