Decks extend the usability of your home and give you an extra space to entertain, relax, or sit out under the stars with your friends and family. If you plan to install a new deck, many factors must be considered. First, you will want to determine what size deck you want, select materials, and develop a budget.
Luckily, Carroll Landscaping is here to help with your next deck project. Keep reading to learn everything you’ll want to know about building a new deck.
Choose an Appropriate Location
When selecting your deck’s location, consider factors such as sunlight and shade, privacy, nearby trees, and access to amenities like power outlets. Additionally, you should determine how much foot traffic and furniture you anticipate the deck will have, as this can affect its durability in the long run. Trusting a professional contractor or an architect is essential to help you find the ideal size, shape, and location for your new deck. The experts at Carroll Landscaping can help you navigate the deck-building process and create an attractive and functional outdoor living space.
Choose the Right Deck Material
It is up to your personal preference and maintenance abilities to determine what building materials are right for your deck. For example, composite decking imitates the look of wood without the maintenance wood decking requires. A composite deck may be the best choice if you want long-lasting materials that require little maintenance. Our deck builders can provide more information regarding the durability and quality of various deck materials.
Consider Your Deck’s Maintenance Needs
The materials you choose for your new deck will determine the maintenance required. While attractive and natural, wood decks require periodic staining or sealing to preserve their appearance and prevent damage caused by moisture or harsh weather conditions. Be sure to carefully research and choose your materials, as some require more maintenance than others.
Composite decks are generally easier to maintain as they don’t need to be stained or sealed like wood decks. However, keeping the deck clean and inspecting it regularly for signs of wear and tear is vital.
Don’t Forget About Safety
Safety is an essential consideration when building a deck. You should ensure your deck is built to meet local and national safety regulations to withstand heavy use without structural damage. A qualified deck contractor can assess the materials’ condition and ensure all fixtures are securely installed. Your deck should also have railings, lighting, and other safety features to prevent falls or other accidents.
Interested in Improving Your Outdoor Living Space? Consider Landscape and Hardscaping Design Services from Carroll Landscaping
Carroll Landscaping has over 30 years of experience with landscape construction, porch construction, deck building, and hardscape installation. Our award-winning landscape designers are passionate about providing customers with top-notch service and landscape design. Our landscape designers have a creative design outlook and work as a team with our installation crews to make your vision a reality. We are committed to providing every customer with the highest quality workmanship, professional and knowledgeable service, and design creativity to surpass our clients’ expectations in every aspect of the project.
We serve residents throughout Maryland, including Baltimore, Columbia, Ellicott City, Eldersburg, Clarksville, Sykesville, Manchester, Westminster, and Woodstock. For more information and to schedule a consultation with one of our expert designers, contact us online or give us a call at 410-922-2416.