Decks Outdoor Living

Build A Deck To Extend Your Outdoor Living Space

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

ROI: 85%


  • 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.
  • Security.
  • Noise Abatement.
  • Deters unwanted pests and people.

Patio Covers – Beauty & Protection

ROI: 80+%


  • 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

ROI: 50%


  • 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
  • Mahogany
  • IPE
  • Pine
  • Cypress
  • Redwood
  • 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?

Decks Outdoor Living

Infographic by Ricks Custom Fencing & Decking.



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