DECKS

DECKS

There is something about a deck that evokes happy memories spent with friends and family. Outdoor living is one of the most popular trends in home improvement because it is a versatile living space that can offer anything from a quiet place to read to a fully functional outdoor space for entertaining.

As a natural extension of your home, a well-built deck using quality materials will undoubtedly help make your outside spaces as beautiful and functional as the inside of your home. When deciding on the type of deck you want, think about creating a space that complements your personal style, your home’s design and a place to enjoy the outdoors.

Benefits of Adding a Deck

Adding a deck will offer a space to entertain family and friends or to simply unwind at the end of the day. Yet, there are many other benefits adding a deck to your home will offer.

According to the National Association of Realtors, homes with decks sell faster, and the homeowner can expect to recoup between 71-105% of the cost of a new deck build. The following are some of the benefits that you can expect when adding a deck to your home:

Increased Home Value

Increased Home Value

As a general rule, a professionally installed upgrade to your home will almost certainly increase its value. Obviously, this will depend on the quality of workmanship and materials used as well as the way the deck is maintained.

Increased Home Value

Versatility/Functionality

A deck has to withstand continuous moisture and bad weather. It can offer a wide variety of outdoor living benefits that you can take advantage of all year.

Increased Home Value

Curb Appeal

A beautiful deck can turn a bland yard into an extension of your home to be proud of. Depending on the material used, decks can be easy to stain or paint to match the colors of your home. A deck can also highlight your yard or garden.

Increased Home Value

Added Space

A deck increases your home’s livable space to spend with your family and friends as well as offers versatile storage opportunities.

Types of Decks

Your deck can be attached or detached from your home, ground level or raised and can consist of as many features as you need. Depending on the size and style, your deck can contain features such as:

Examples of hardscapes include, but are not limited to:

  • Container gardens
  • Fire pit
  • Built-in seating
  • Running water
  • Jacuzzi/Spa/Sauna
  • Barbeque/Smoker
  • Gazebo/Trellis/Pergola/Lanai
  • Storage
  • Awning
  • Multi-levels
  • Screened enclosures
  • Vertical gardens
  • Heaters
  • Stairs
  • Lighting
  • Poolside bar
Whether you are looking to create a simple, traditional design or a complex architectural design, there are many construction options available. How you design your deck is a great way to showcase your style and will undoubtedly enable you to enjoy all the features that you are looking to achieve in an outdoor space. Your deck can be built in virtually any shape or size (such as square, rectangle, U-shaped, L-shaped or customized to your preference).

Attached Deck

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  • Designed to create an open flow connecting the indoor and outdoor spaces.

Wrap-Around Deck

A wrap-around deck connects to multiple sides of the home to create multiple vantage points.

  • They can also enhance, or add multiple entry points into your home and/or yard.

Detached Deck

A detached deck is structurally separate from your home and is not attached to your home’s framing. Many homeowners install a detached deck over areas with poor drainage or uneven terrain.

  • They can also enhance, or add multiple entry points into your home and/or yard.

Multi-Tiered Deck

As its name suggests, a multi-tiered (or multi-story) deck has more than one level. This type of deck is typically used on larger homes or those with varying levels (such as rocky landscapes, hills etc.).

  • Designed to create dimension and visual appeal and often incorporates built-in stairs and pathways to connect the different levels.

Entryway Deck

An entryway deck is designed to extend outdoor living at the front of your home. Depending on its size and shape, an entryway door may or may not incorporate the use of railings.

  • Built-in planter boxes, storage benches, lighting fixtures and other design features are often incorporated to create visual appeal and function.

Side Deck

Similar to other types of decks, a side deck is a great way to create an outdoor living area, especially for anyone looking for a secluded space to lounge or garden.

  • Because it is built on the side of your home, a side deck is a great place to add a hot tub, dining nook or private reading area.

Rooftop Over Garage Deck

No longer isolated to urban dwellings, a rooftop deck is a great option for homes with a flat roof on the front or back of their home. Many homeowners in our region are transforming their rooftops over their garage into gardens, lounges or a place to read.

  • This type of deck has become a popular choice for those with limited yard space.

Swimming Pool/Hot Tub/Spa Deck

A deck can be built around in-ground or above-ground pools in order to create a cohesive appearance as well as a place for sunbathing, watching kids in the water, working, dining, reading, etc.

  • Because this type of deck is located near water, we recommend using a slip-resistant material that is durable and can withstand water/moisture as well as properly installed fencing to protect children and pets.

Custom Deck

When you know exactly what you want, a custom deck is the personification of style. A custom deck will provide a space personalized for your specific home, property and functional requirements.

  • A custom deck can combine different types of decks to create a one-of-a-kind masterpiece to enjoy for years to come.

The material you decide to use to create your deck is equally as important as the type of deck you choose. Things to consider when deciding on which deck material is best for you:

  • Durability
  • Maintenance
  • Appearance
  • Cost
There are a wide variety of hardscaping options to choose from, and most often homeowners incorporate a variety of hardscaping elements in order to create a cohesive aesthetic.
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Deck Materials

There are now more decking material options than ever before. From exotic hardwoods to composite decking, the decision making process can be overwhelming.

Before deciding on a particular material to use for your deck, you must first decide what would best fit your region and personal needs. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages, so it's important to understand the differences so that you can make an informed decision.

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Natural Wood Decking

Wood remains one of the most popular decking materials. However, there are wide variations in species, grades and level of maintenance which will all affect the overall cost of construction.

Redwood

Redwood is a soft wood native to the Pacific Northwest which will make it more expensive on the east coast. It is very durable and naturally resistant to warping, but lower grade redwood can hold moisture, making it susceptible to mold, rot and mildew.

  • Maintenance: We recommend that you pressure wash or softwash and reseal your redwood deck every year to keep its original allure.
  • Longevity: With proper maintenance, high quality redwood can last approximately 40 years.
  • Palette: Tight grained, earthy yellow/brown color with reddish tones. Can turn dark if left untreated. Eventually it will fade to a silvery hue.
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Cedar

Cedar is similar to redwood because both are from the same genus and is a great option for anyone looking for a natural look. Cedar naturally resists rot and insect infestation without the need for preservation chemicals. It is less expensive than redwood and composite decking, so it’s a more affordable decking material option.

  • Maintenance: Requires regular pressure washing or softwash sealing, staining. Cedar has less natural oil, so it is easy to paint or stain.
  • Longevity: Because it can naturally adjust to moisture, cedar is less likely to warp or crack.
  • Palette: Fragrant, even-grained, dark hardwood with a rich, warm, natural aesthetic. When left untreated, cedar weathers into an attractive silvery gray color.
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Teak

Teak is widely known for high quality indoor and outdoor furniture. The durable and protective qualities of teak make it a very popular decking material. Tropical hardwoods, such as teak can cost as much as composite decks.

  • Teak is widely known for high quality indoor and outdoor furniture. The durable and protective qualities of teak make it a very popular decking material. Tropical hardwoods, such as teak can cost as much as composite decks.
  • Longevity: Has natural insect and decay resistance properties.
  • Palette: Golden brown or medium brown in color. Straight grains with minimal knots.
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Mahogany

Mahogany is considered one of the most expensive hardwood decking options (and is expected to become even more valuable in the near future). This is a great choice for decks that will endure foot traffic and direct exposure to the elements because it can withstand wear and tear.

  • Maintenance: Treat with a wood stain every two years. If your deck is exposed to direct sunlight, treat annually.
  • Longevity: If properly maintained, a mahogany deck can last 40-60 years. (Because of its density, mahogany is an investment that is said to outlive its buyer).
  • Palette: Interlocking grain(which can make it difficult to install).
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Brazilian Walnut (also known as Ipe or Ironwood)

Teak is widely known for high quality indoor and outdoor furniture. The durable and protective qualities of teak make it a very popular decking material. Tropical hardwoods, such as teak can cost as much as composite decks.

  • Maintenance: Treat with a wood stain every two years. If your deck is exposed to direct sunlight, treat annually.
  • Longevity: If properly maintained, a mahogany deck can last 40-60 years. (Because of its density, mahogany is an investment that is said to outlive its buyer).
  • Palette: Interlocking grain(which can make it difficult to install).
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Pressure Treated Wood

Pressure treated wood goes through a process engineered to enhance the wood’s natural ability to prevent mold, mildew and rot and to be resistant to pests and fluctuations in temperature. The boards are typically constructed with pine because of its load bearing strength. Pressure treated materials are best suited for high traffic areas, and is one of the most popular decking materials because it is generally the least expensive decking material.

  • Maintenance: Requires regular pressure washing or softwash sealing, staining.
  • Longevity: Can splinter and crack over time. Is susceptible to dents and scratches.
  • Palette: Light in color. Can weather into a greenish hue without regular sealant treatments.
Composite Decking

Composite Decking

Composite decking has become a very popular decking material and is generally the most expensive option because it is an eco-friendly and long lasting alternative to wood. Virtually maintenance-free, composite decks never need to be refinished, painted or stained because they are specifically manufactured to be durable and long-lasting. Composite decking does not do well under particularly extreme heat (it is recommended to install a shade structure). While a composite deck may be expensive to install, it is actually considered to be the most cost-effective option in the long-run.

  • Maintenance: Virtually maintenance-free. Clean and regularly remove debris (especially in crevices).
  • Longevity: Most manufacturers come with warranties ranging from 10 to 25 years (depending on the quality of materials used and manufacturer).
  • Palette: Available in a wide variety of colors and textures.
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PVC (Vinyl) Decking

PVC is a no-waste (recyclable) decking material alternative, and unlike composite decking, does not contain wood particles. Many PVC manufacturers claim that their products resist stains, mildew, mold and scratches, however there have been claims of the PVC flooring coming apart, which would ultimately incur repair costs.

  • Maintenance: PVC is extremely durable and requires little regular maintenance while providing optimal functionality.
  • Longevity: PVC’s durability depends on the quality of material used and manufacturer.
  • Palette: Available in a wide variety of colors and styles. While often manufactured to look like wood, PVC can sometimes look like plastic.
Quality Workmanship

Quality Workmanship

Installing a deck can be complicated as its structural integrity can be compromised due to shoddy construction. With proper installation and design, your deck will complement the architectural appeal of your home, connect the indoors with the outdoors, and provide you with countless hours of outdoor living opportunities.

Your deck is one area of your home that if done, must be done right. Faulty foundations, loose floorboards, faulty railings etc. are not only dangerous, they can become a serious liability as a result of poor workmanship. In addition, the building permit and inspection process can be complicated and when not done properly can prolong the process. Thus, it is vital that you hire a professional, such as Honey Do Men, with vast experience in designing and building decks of all types, styles and sizes to provide you with the deck of your dreams to enjoy for years to come.

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