Extending a home’s outdoor living potential is quickly gaining popularity. In fact, a recent survey by the AIA reports a 64% increase in this trend. Deck builders find that adding ad eck to our home is hte perfect building block to begin creating a personalized outdoor area.
Read on for:
- Other in demand amenities to transcend your living space to the outdoors.
- Popular decking materials for the job.
- Important questions to ask before building a deck.
Outdoor Living Essentials
Decks – Entertainment and Relaxation
- Less expensive than a room addition.
- Entertain guests
- Host a BBQ
- Option for even the tiniest yards.
- A quick escape to connect with nature.
Fences – Privacy Decoration
ROI: 50 – 75%
- Creates privacy from neighbors.
- Esthetic enhancement.
- Noise Abatement.
- Deters unwanted pests and people.
Patio Covers – Beauty & Protection
- Adds beauty to your home.
- Reduces heat that enters home by 50 – 75%.
- Increases functionality of your backyard.
- Adds a sense of privacy.
- Provides protection from rain and snow.
Landscape Lighting – Illuminate & Secure
- Creates a warm comforting ambience.
- Crime deterrence.
- Adds up to 20% to the perceived value of a home.
- Illuminates landscaping.
- Increases safety.
Outdoor Kitchens – Cook & Entertain
ROI: 100 – 200%
- The cook can mingle with guests.
- Creates a second kitchen.
- Guests and family are more involved with cooking.
- Makes entertaining easier.
- Reduces heat in the house.
Popular Decking Materials
Port Orford Cedar – Native to a narrow strip of the Pacific Coast from SW Oegon to NW California.
- Moderately light in weight.
- Stiff, strong, hard.
- Minimal tendency to warp.
- Holds paint and stains well.
- Lighter color than red cedar or redwood.
- Ideal in rainy climates.
- Naturally UV-Ray resistant.
- Comes in a variety of tones.
- Natural oils resist decay and insects.
- Rated for 20 years of wear.
Tigerwood – Beautiful & Exotic Brazilian Hardwood
- A tropical hardwood.
- Wide range of color and striping.
- Lustrous surface, almost oily.
- Entirely natural and biodegradable.
- Incredibly strong.
- Naturally resists mold and warping.
- No regular staining or sealing required.
- Slip resistant.
- Hold sup well to wear and weathering.
- Resists insects due to its density.
PVC Decking – Newest Decking Technology Offered as a Wood Alternative
- Made from synthetic materials.
- Available in various surface textures.
- Can be produced to resemble wood.
- Available in a variety of natural colors.
- Durable and long lasting.
- Stain, scratch and slip resistant.
- Very low maintenance.
- Will not warp, twist, or create splinters.
- Stays cool, even in the hottest weather.
- Mold and mildew resistant.
Other Decking Materials
- Douglas Fir
- Pressure Treated
Questions To Ask Before Building Your Deck
- Ask Yourself These Questions:
- How big do you want the dek?
- What is your budget?
- What materials and finishes do you prefer?
- Will part of the deck be covered?
- How important is low maintenance to you?
Ask Your Deck Builder these Questions
- How long have you been in business?
- Are you bonded and insured?
- Who will handle any required permits?
- Is there a warranty for my fence?
- What type of maintenance will be needed after installation?
Infographic by Ricks Custom Fencing & Decking.