Expanding your living space by adding a deck is always a great option. Whether you’re planning to do it yourself or hire a deck and siding pro, the key to success is to factor in all critical design issues, pick the right material for your budget, climate and lifestyle, and build a time-tested structure.
In order to ensure that your deck will be functional, here are some tips to help you.
Outline Your Deck
Use stakes and string to outline your deck, and see how much space it is going to cover. Place the furniture in the outline to see if there is sufficient clearance, and walk around to see if you like the shape, circulation and views.
Furthermore, you’re going to want to design your deck to add the most value to your home so it looks like it’s been built at the same time as your home. So, it should look proportionally correct with your home. You can also match the color of your deck to the color or your siding to make it look more coherent.
Consider All Materials
Many homeowners are surprised to find more materials that can be used for their deck other than wood. Composite siding and decking, for example, is a material that imitates the appearance of wood without requiring all the wood decking maintenance. Take the time to explore all your possibilities.
Factor in Maintenance
You will need to apply a new finish every couple of years if you decide to install wood decking. Be sure to consult the recommendations of the manufacturer as to how often your deck should be finished and which stains and seals should be used. Keep in mind that to achieve the same aesthetic, you don’t have to go with wood decking. Simply install siding that mimics wooden finishes to enjoy the beauty of wood with none of the upkeep.
Twin Cities Siding Professionals is your leading choice for quality home improvement projects. We offer a range of services, from deck and siding installation to window and door replacement, to ensure you have everything you need. To learn more about what we can do for you, simply give us a call at (651) 967 0873. Ask us for a quote today! We serve Minneapolis and the surrounding communities.