Could 2014 be the year for a new you by upgrading your existing deck space?
Making the decision to build a new deck, or re-deck an existing deck is a great way to kick off the New Year. Not only will you gain all the aesthetic benefits of adding to or upgrading your outdoor living space, you will also increase the degree of function you can enjoy in your backyard. While the addition of a new deck is often the only course available to homeowners who have a deck that is not a candidate for re-decking, or in cases where there isn’t an existing deck, re-decking or upgrading your deck is a viable consideration for many homeowners.
Breathing new life into your tired deck doesn’t have to entail extensive upgrades. Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio has many decking options available to make your deck look, and function, like new again. We have put together a list of the top 5 ways you can make your existing deck new again in honor of the New Year!
New railing can make a huge difference!
Top 5 Ways to Make Your Deck New Again
#1) Replacing the rail – The rail is an area that is often overlooked and underestimated when using a less-experienced deck builder. The rail is the top place to upgrade for the most obvious reason; it is the area of the deck you see the most. Your rail is visible looking at the deck from your window, as you look out of the deck into your landscape, and most importantly the rail is the first thing you see approaching your deck. In some cases we even replace the decking band along with replacement of the rails because the deck band is also an area that is highly visible from all angles. Replacing your deck railing is a great way to add curb appeal and dress up your deck with minimal effort and cost involved.
With a growing trend towards longevity and low-maintenance, composite decks deliver on both.
#2) Re-decking with composite –
With a growing trend towards longevity and low-maintenance, composite decks deliver on both. Re-decking involves replacement of the existing deck boards while adhering to the existing footprint of the deck. Making the decision to re-deck your low-aesthetic, high maintenance wooden deck into a low-maintenance, high-aesthetic deck is really a no-brainer. Re-decking with composite eliminates the chore of painting and staining your deck in the future. Composites are also as easy on bare feet as they are on the eye because they don’t splinter or retain heat the way wood does. They are also impervious to insects, fungus, and mold and will not deteriorate with exposure to the elements like some wood decks. Composite re-decking is a wise investment in the future of your outdoor living space.
Expanding your deck will add additional outdoor living space for you to enjoy throughout the year.
#3) Re-decking with expansion –
Re-decking with expansion involves building onto, and expanding the outdoor living space and re-decking the existing and expanded portion as a whole. The best way to define re-decking with expansion is a “new and improved” space. Expanding your deck will add additional outdoor living space for you to enjoy throughout the year. Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio can design a new and improved deck with your individual needs in mind; these may include the need for additional seating, grilling and dining or even an extended area to place a hot tub or spa.
Archadeck of West Central Southwest Ohio used Dry Snap to utilize the under deck space on this Springvalley, OH, deck.
#4) Installing an under deck guttering system – This applies to homeowners considering a second-story deck addition or those considering re-decking an existing 2 story deck. By utilizing an under deck system in the design of your new or re-decking project, you can have your cake and eat it too! The benefits of adding an under deck system (also known as a rain deck or dry deck ), into your two-story deck project are immeasurable when it comes to enhancing your outdoor living. Taking advantage of the area below your deck can be a great way to get two outdoor living spaces out of one. The benefits of adding an under deck system (also known as a rain deck or dry deck), into your two-story deck project are immeasurable when it comes to enhancing your outdoor living. Taking advantage of the area below your deck can be a great way to get two outdoor living spaces out of one.
Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio uses Dry Snap and TimberTech’s Dry Space under decking systems. DrySnap is made of vinyl ceiling panels that collect and drain water away from your new dry space. It provides a maintenance free ceiling that covers the unsightly underside of your deck, turning it into a clean, bright, dry outdoor space. TimberTech’s Dry Space under deck drainage system collects and channels moisture from the spaces between your planks. Attaching easily to your new or existing deck joists, Dry Space effectively turns lower level patios into extra leisure and storage space by creating a usable dry space under your deck.
Lighting adds safety and ambiance to your deck.
#5) Deck lighting – Let there be light! Lighting adds safety and ambiance to your deck. We install a huge amount of Kichler deck lighting and TimberTech deck lighting, including Decklites into risers, posts, rail posts and even integrate lighting into the floor of the deck. Deck lighting extends the function of your deck into the evening hours and give your space a romantic feel that invites you to linger a while longer.
If you are ready to ring in the New Year with a resolution that is easy to keep, why not consider upgrading your deck? By expanding, upgrading or re-decking your existing deck you can make 2014 a year to remember, and for all to enjoy! Contact Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio to learn more about our many deck revitalization options today at (937) 848 – 7040 or (513) 897 – 2040. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio
See more examples of backyard deck transformation ideas by visiting our composite and PVC deck photo gallery, and our decks photo gallery located on our website.