Decks have been welcome additions to homes for years. Today’s trend of expanding a family’s living area to the home’s exterior has increased the number of ways decks are designed and used. That also means property owners are encouraged to explore the best ways to build a new deck that truly meets their needs. Contractors understand the newest trends and encourage homeowners to consider a few things before cutting the first board for that new deck.
Set a Budget
The size, design, and materials used for a deck will determine the final cost of the project. No plans should be finalized until a budget is in place. While everyone wants the biggest deck possible, budget constraints will always define the maxim size homeowners should expect. Of course, the type of wood, railings, and even hardware all contribute to the final cost.
Comply With All Local Ordinances
Building permits are generally required when constructing decks in Madison, WI. Discussing the plans with local officials to ensure all requirements are met is always a good idea. Having the necessary permits and understanding all applicable code requirements will avoid potential problems. It will also ensure the structure will last for years.
Select the Materials
Since the costs will vary according to the materials selected, getting estimates for different types of wood and composite materials early in the design process is important. Treated lumber is generally acceptable, but many property owners are opting for cedar, redwood, or composites to obtain better results.
Treated wood will be the least expensive option but will require more maintenance. Today’s best option may be composite wood products that last for years and require virtually no maintenance. However, since composite products cost more than treated woods, some homeowners will have to cut back on the size or features of the deck if composites are used.
Make Sure the Hardware Matches the Decking Product Selected
There are many hardware options available to deck builders. It’s always vitally important to use the type of hardware that best suits the decking product. Using the incorrect hardware can lead to staining of the decking and other issues. Discuss which type of hardware to use with the deck material provider or contractor.
Pay Close Attention to Style
To get the best return on investment, it’s important to match the style of deck to the home. While that may seem logical, real estate experts constantly see examples of deck and patio designs that don’t add to the look and feel of a home. Carefully decide what style elements must be included (or omitted) when building a new deck.
Building a deck yourself can be a big undertaking. Going with a respected contractor can alleviate much of the stress associated with a new project.
DekTex aims to give you the deck and/or dock of your dreams. Using only the best woods and composites, you’re sure that your next project will be built to last. If you have any questions about a new projects, give them a call at 608-216-2002 or contact them online.