Decking 101: What You Should Know Before Building

Adding a deck is an excellent way to expand the square footage of your house and is perfect for you and your family if you love relaxing and entertaining outdoors. But before taking on this project, there are some important things that you need to consider before giving your contractor a call. In this post, expert decking, bathroom, and kitchen remodeler 9Hammers lays out the basic things to ponder in order to achieve your dream outdoor space.

Consider Your Activities

Let your favorite outdoor activities dictate the style of your deck. If you love hosting barbecues then you should have enough room for a preparation and dining area. If you prefer lazing around outside with a great book, then create an area for lounge chairs and low tables so you can enjoy your favorite novel while sipping on your favorite drink under the warm sun. 

Consider Your Materials

There are many different options when it comes to decking materials, each with its own pros and cons.

Pressure-treated wood is the most common and also the least expensive material available but has a shorter lifespan and can be prone to splinters. Composite or engineered wood is made from a blend of plastic and wood fibers. It is easier to maintain and also will last up to 50 years if treated properly. However, they are also considerably more expensive. Take a look at your budget and talk it over with your general contractor to see what type of material suits you the best. 

Consider the Size

Bigger doesn’t always mean better when it comes to decking. The size of your deck should complement your house and, as a general rule, should not be larger than the largest room in your house. Many homeowners make the mistake of building their decks too large that it actually dwarfs the house making it look awkward and bringing down its market value instead of increasing it.

Whether you are in need of a bathroom remodeler or are looking to expand your outdoor space, 9Hammers has got you covered. Whatever your dream project is, we can turn it into reality! Give us a call at (540) 730-1681 or fill out our contact form to schedule a no-obligation consultation with one of our experts.