When Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio began building decks and other custom outdoor spaces here in Miami Valley back in 1990, curved detailing was pretty uncommon. Over the years, however, we have watched decking materials and consumer tastes evolve. Part of this evolution includes more clients requesting rounded features on their decks—from radius edging and rounded corners to sweeping borders with matching railing — all of which is focused towards gaining a more elegant backyard setting.
There are a number of reasons why curved deck details are so popular; the first of which is they just look great in almost any setting by adding a unique element to a backyard space. Curved details also serve to break lines since there are no 90-degree angles, no sharp edges, no corners, and of course they flow beautifully, much better than standard square edged decks! (CIrcles obviously flow smoother than squares)
In order to successfully accommodate “curves” in your deck design is dependent on the nature of the beast, so to speak. This is because the success of decking curves is dependent on the type of material you are using to construct your deck. Although wooden decks which are “bent” to achieve curves may look nice for the 1st year or so after completion, the laws of natures (contraction & expansion) will take its toll. After a “bent” wooden deck is exposed to the elements, over time, it doesn’t react well and will begin to work against the bend. This may seem like a contradiction in terms for many because of the prevalence of curved wood used in furniture. Keep in mind, that curved furniture undergoes a steam compression process in order to successfully accept curve, whereas wooden decking material does not.
Synthetic decking allows Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio to create the big sweeping curves in our unique deck designs more easily than other materials. In addition, the nature of composites and other synthetic decking material will not expand or contract over time which means your curved deck will remain beautiful for the duration. The material is not conducive to tight curving, but delivering large, graceful curved details are one of synthetic’s specialties. Other areas of the deck can also accommodate curved detailing which will aid in complimenting the footprint of your curved deck. These include composite and vinyl railing, aluminum railing, rolled and custom iron railing and even curved integrated bench seating to mimic the lines of your deck!
Keep in mind that a curved deck is not your average deck, not only does a curved deck design require more labor, it also requires more detailing on a structural level too. Typically, the curved portion of a deck is a segment, or arc, of a circle. After making a drawing of the design—easily done on graph paper as well as with CAD—I extend the arc to create a complete circle. There are a number of ways of determining the circle’s diameter mathematically, but my CAD program does that work for me. Once I know the location of the circle’s center and the length of its radius (the distance from the circle’s center to any point on its circumference), I can recreate the arc in full-scale as I frame the deck — and that is just the beginning!
A curved deck may cost a little more up front in design, labor and materials but in the long run it will pay for itself over time in the enjoyment you will gain from being able to enjoy a true work of art each time you venture outdoors. Quality and great workmanship never go out of style!
Sirach 20:11 “A man may buy much for little, but pay for it seven times over.”
Contact Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio today to learn more about our unique outdoor living space designs, including our curvaceous deck designs! Call us at (513) 897 – 2040 or (937) 848-7040. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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