What to Consider Before Adding a Deck To Your Property

Summer is in full swing and it’s the perfect time to enjoy the rising temperatures. Does your home lack outdoor living space? One of the easiest and most cost effective ways to enjoy the outdoors on your property is with a deck. Not only is a deck a great place to entertain friends and family, but it is also a smart investment to your home.

Here are a few aspects to consider before adding a deck to your property:

Property: Is your property better for a deck, patio or combination? While a deck can be installed on any type of a land, it is the ideal choice for uneven terrains or land that is easily affected by weather (flooding or snow). A patio is the better option for doors that open at ground level or property that is level terrain. If you want the best of both worlds, deck patio combinations are becoming more and more popular!

Access: Will your deck be a second dining room, a play area for kids, or a spot to relax after work? Whatever you plan on using your deck for, this will have a direct impact on size and location. The easiest way to access a deck is by placing it off an existing door. If that’s not an option, you’ll have to add an opening.

Keep in mind that what you are going to be using your deck for should correlate to where it is placed. For example, a deck that acts as a second dining room will work best near the kitchen.

Aesthetics: A deck should blend with the aesthetics and architecture of a home. It should bridge the gap from the house to the yard. One of the biggest decisions about decking is choosing between real wood or composite boards. Real wood is cheaper than the alternative but can be harder to maintain. Composite boards are more expensive but look almost identical to real wood and are virtually maintenance-free. A professional can help you choose what style, materials and color best suits your home.

At Ridgeline Decks, we specialize in creating the perfect deck for your property and needs. We understand that a deck is a long-term investment. Which is why we use the best materials, quality craftsmanship and up to date codes on every deck we build. Give Ridgeline Decks a call at 509-808-6460 or visit www.ridgelinedecks.com for your free quote!

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