2017 is shaping up to be “The Year of The Deck” around Cincinnati and Dayton. We get so many calls for decks this time of year! With fall weather around the corner, are you suddenly wishing you had a deck?
Decks are ideal for sitting outside and relaxing. Perfect for sharing time with family and friends. Lovely for evenings under the stars and for grilling and dining al fresco, day or night. Decks are especially great for parties (if you like parties).
When you step out through your back door, do you take a step or two (or more) down before you reach the ground? If so, then you need a deck!
Decks may seem very straightforward, but you’ll have to make some decisions. We can help you with that. Here are some of the decisions many clients are exploring when they call Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio for information about adding a deck to the home:
Do you need a new deck or a redeck?
If you have an older deck and you’re thinking about replacing it, you may have the option of redecking instead of starting from scratch with a new deck. This can save you some money, but before we can commit to redecking we’ll need to examine your current deck. If the underlying structure is still sound and in good condition, we may be able to use it. If so, we’ll replace the surface decking boards along with the steps, railings and pickets.
Some homeowners prefer real wood, and that’s fine if you’re willing to perform the tasks of regular deck maintenance — or hire someone to do the work for you each year. Without annual cleaning, staining and resealing, a wooden deck will not look its best and can deteriorate more quickly than you’d expect.
Composite decking boards are looking more like natural wood every day. Decks built with composite decking materials such as AZEK or TimberTech will retain their like-new appearance with minimal maintenance on your part. The trade-off is the cost, because these decks are more expensive. Many homeowners decide the cost of composite decking is more than offset by its maintenance-free durability and longevity.
Will you redeck with natural wood or composite?
If you are hoping for redecking rather than tearing down the old deck and building a new one, you will still need to decide whether you want natural wood or composite decking. Even if your original deck was made entirely of natural wood, we can switch to composite decking for the redeck. Many clients choose to redeck purely for this reason. They are no longer willing to perform the upkeep that natural wood requires, so they are ready to make the switch to low-maintenance materials.
How large will your deck be?
You’re not limited to the 10×12-foot builder-grade deck size you may have seen on some new homes. When it comes to deck size, we encourage the homeowner to consider all of the ways you’ll want to use the deck. Will it serve more than one function? Would you like your deck to have several sections for different purposes?
If you’ll be grilling out on the deck, you may want to use an area near the grill for a dining table and chairs. When you’re considering the deck size, you need to allow plenty of room for people to pull their chairs out from the table and for other guests to pass behind them comfortably. When it’s not mealtime, you might prefer to sit on a couch, love seat, or other comfortable outdoor lounge furniture. So already we’re looking at three areas on the deck for grilling, dining and lounging. Be sure you plan enough space for various activities.
Are you considering a deck-and-patio combination?
We can show you many examples of outdoor living space combinations, including hardscapes, we have designed and built for Dayton and Cincinnati area homeowners. The more you use your outdoor space, the more space you may need! Especially if you enjoy entertaining outdoors, the deck-and-patio combination will give you more room for separate dining and seating areas — even room for a fire pit or outdoor fireplace and a seating wall.
Don’t forget to include a shade covering in your design!
Whether it’s a pergola or retractable canopy, shade covering doesn’t need to be an afterthought. We recommend planning for shade during the initial design of your outdoor living project. Shade may not be a concern going into fall, but when spring and summer roll back around, you’ll be glad you planned ahead for protection from the sun’s brutal UV rays.
Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio is an authorized dealer and installer for several companies that provide shade solutions:
Pergolas are attractive and provide visual impact to any outdoor living space, but in some locations they do not provide enough shade. Some of the products listed above can be combined with a pergola for just the right mix of function and beauty, while some offer an alternative to pergolas. Also, some of these shade products can protect you from the rain. Let us help you decide which of these would work best with your deck or deck-and-patio combination.
If you are interested in a new deck or redeck, with or without a patio or shade cover, contact Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio today at (937) 848 – 7040 or (513) 897 – 2040, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.