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House Decks

The Guide to House Decks

Types of Decks

Many homeowners dream of having the perfect deck. Decks create space that allow for a variety of activities such as, cooking or dining outside, hosting a party, providing a place for a hot-tub or bar, and more. If your looking at adding a deck to your home then you’ll want to make sure you choose the right style and material that will compliment your house and suit your lifestyle. We’ve provided a quick and easy guide to help you decide the best house deck for you! First lets go over the prominent types of house decks and their general pros and cons.

Wraparound Decks

Charming, spacious and desirable – many homeowners dream of having a wraparound deck! This deck goes around your entire home so you have a complete view of your property. It adds a considerable amount of living space and greatly increases your home’s value. The downside is that not every home can have a wraparound deck installed. It requires a lot of land and not every house is built in a way that works with a wrap-around deck.

Multi-Tier Deck

This type is perfect for any large property with differences in elevation or rocky terrain. Steps or paths connect the various levels, which can create distinct visuals and provide a lot of space that you can use for all sorts of things. On the downside these decks depend on supports that will disrupt the use of the ground underneath. While a bit pricier to build, it does have a great return on investment!

Attached Deck

This classic choice refers to any deck that is placed against the home. This includes the previously mentioned wraparound and multi-tier deck styles. It creates a seamless transition from the home to the property. Compared to the detached or floating deck, it is often less expensive and labor intensive. On the other hand, it is not a project to DIY. Be sure to call in MAW Construction, Inc. so your deck is built safely and properly!

Detached Deck

Also known as the floating deck, these can be built anywhere on your property. This is a great choice for oddly shaped homes or for pools and gazebos. They tend to be smaller but completely self-supporting so it won’t affect your home. Getting one installed is fairly labor-intensive and more expensive since you will definitely want a professional to build it for you. Be sure to clearly state what you’ll want to put on the deck because if it isn’t braced for heavy objects, such as a hot tub, you may run into problems!

Rooftop Deck

If you have a flat roof or garage then this might be the perfect option for your home! This type suits urban homes or homes with smaller properties since it doesn’t take up more ground-room. Make sure to clear the idea with a professional before setting your heart on it because not every home can handle this deck style.

House Decks

Decking Materials

Now that you know what type or style of house decks you like, next you’ll have to decide of the decking materials. Each material has its own look but each is overall versatile enough to fit most any home. Certain materials come with specific pros and cons you should know about before deciding on a material. Lets go over the most common decking materials so you can find the best choice for your next deck project!

Cedar Decking

This kind is widely available, strong yet lightweight and is a popular choice for many. For its aesthetics, affordability and Eco-friendly aspects – its easy to see why cedar is a top pick of decking materials. Downside is that cedar isn’t resistant to scratches and will need maintenance to stay in tip-top shape.

Composite Deck Material

Composite is made of wood fibers and recycled plastic making it a great choice for those who want the look of wood without the maintenance of wooden decks. There is a variety of color options while retaining its resistance and strength. This is a good option for those on a budget!

Pressure-Treated Decking

The most common decking material due to its low cost, pressure-treated decks are made of wood that is treated with chemicals to make it resistant to rot, mold, and bugs. Since its made of lower quality pine or fir it will still require quite a bit of maintenance to prevent warping or cracks. If your on a budget this may be the choice for you but only if your willing to put the extra work in to making it last.

Redwood Deck Material

A classic natural-wood choice for decking material; this type is more common on the West so it maybe harder to find in the Eastern United States. Redwood has a beautiful color that makes it highly desirable for homeowners but will require annual washing and a coat finish every few years in order to keep it in good shape.

A deck is an investment into your home’s value and space. With the help of this guide, you can start making the best choice for your new house deck project! If you dream of having a fantastic house deck then reach out to your local home addition professionals MAW Construction, Inc!  We will help you design the perfect deck for your home and we will build it to last! Ready to get started? Call us today by clicking the button below! Feel free to follow us on social media for more great home renovation content.