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Creative Deck Designs

Outdoor decks have come of age. They're no longer simple planks hammered together and covered with stain. Options for deck designs are more inventive and customizable to the look of your home and landscaping than ever before.

When considering deck designs, today's homeowner needs to consider:

  • Decking materials (wood, metal, vinyl, composite)
  • Deck ornaments (post coverings, balusters,
  • Desk design (footings, framing, stairs, spacers, railings)
  • Deck lighting
  • Deck accessories (storage, cooking centers, planters, benches, spas and hot tubs)

Considerations for Deck Designs

Proper installation is critical to durability when it comes to decks. Footings and piers can make all the difference, especially given your ground and climate. In choosing your deck design you need to determine whether you plan on an attached deck or free-standing option.

If you're planning an attached deck, you may have to remove siding from your home, making the job more challenging. For an attached deck to receive proper support, you'll need to connect the edge with floor joists or wall studs. A free-standing deck is supported all around by piers and footings.

Moving ahead, consider the accessories that improve functionality and aesthetics for your deck area. Some homeowners include small fountains or flower boxes in the deck design. You might consider adding a loveseat, bench, or hammock brace to the structure. Consider a trellis, raised patio flower bed, and lighting. Depending on your climate, you may want to investigate propane outdoor heaters for your deck.

When it comes to railings, you can find pre-fabricated sets in wood, metal, or composite materials that complement the deck. Metal is a good choice for a masonry home, while wood complements a home with wood shingles and siding.

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Designing a Deck

Designing a Deck
A deck is a popular home improvement that not only adds to the value of your home, but also provides an extra space for enjoying the outdoors. You'll want to carefully consider the design elements that go into your deck. You must think of a deck as a new addition to your house (like a room), one in which you are planning specific use of.

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Pressure Washing Your Deck

Pressure Washing Your Deck
The easiest, most effective way of cleaning dirty, grimy surfaces is with a pressure washer. They are specially designed to remove built-up mold, mildew, dirt and grime and to restore surfaces to like-new condition in a fraction of the time it would take by hand. Pressure washers come in a variety of styles, sizes and additional attachments that can be used for more than just cleaning your deck.

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Working With Deck Builders

Working With Deck Builders
Having a deck installed offers one perk that most home improvements don’t offer. Due to the fact that the addition is outside, you won’t have to interrupt your daily life to accommodate to the installation. You won’t have contractors and materials all over your house and you will not be losing electricity or water at any given point.

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