Adding a deck is one of many ways to expand your home’s living space. The success of this project, however, hinges on considering important design issues and choosing the right material based on your local climate, budget and lifestyle. Today, Affordable Roofing, Siding and Gutters, one of the top deck and siding contractors in the area, lists the questions you need to ask yourself when planning a deck addition.
“How will I use the deck?”
Firat ask yourself the question of how you’ll use the deck, as this will serve as the basis for how your deck will look and what features and accessories will be included. Decks can be used for a variety of purposes, such as for entertaining guests and family members during get-togethers or as an extension of your dining room, especially if you enjoy al fresco dining. They can also be a place where different members of your family can relax and pursue individual activities.
“How will foot traffic flow toward the deck?”
Access to your deck will depend on your home’s design and location on your property. Your deck can be accessed either from below (e.g. near your patio or finished basement) or above (e.g. from the first or second floor of your home). It will certainly help with your budget and planning if you have patio doors or other access points at these locations. If you plan to use your deck for entertaining and eating meals, it would make the most sense to make your kitchen the access point.
“What materials should my deck be made of?”
As with framing materials for a window replacement, you need to be aware of the material options for the deck you’re planning. Possible deck materials include pressure-treated wood, untreated wood, vinyl and composite. Each varies in terms of longevity, performance, maintenance and cost.
“What style should I go with?”
Your deck’s style and appearance should complement the rest of your home and the surrounding landscape. If your facade has rounded features, incorporate curved lines or round elements in your deck’s design. If you live in a modern or contemporary home, choose sharper angles to achieve a sleek deck aesthetic. Of course, it’s most important to prioritize safety when designing your deck.
As one of the leading roofing and gutter companies in the area, Affordable Roofing, Siding and Gutters also works on other projects of virtually any size. If you want to add onto or expand your home’s current deck or porch, let us be the ones to professionally manage your project from start to finish. Call us at (423) 584-5600 or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate.