A deck can be the perfect addition to your home, but it can also easily end up costing you a lot if you don’t prepare for it. Our deck design experts share with you the three most important factors to consider before getting a deck.
Choose Between a Deck and a Patio
Most people think that patios and decks are the same. However, there’s a crucial difference: a deck is a platform, built above the ground. On the other hand, a patio’s surface is level with the ground itself. A deck works on sloped soil while a patio works only on a flat ground surface.
Decide on the Material
Material is always a major factor when planning a deck installation. Wood decks have lower upfront costs, but they tend to require more maintenance than composite decks. Pick a material option that has a fine balance between initial cost and long-term maintenance requirements.
Define Your Deck’s Purpose
You have to be clear about what your deck’s main purpose is. Is it a place to just relax and spend time with your relatives, or do you want it to be a platform for your outdoor barbecue? Its main purpose will also influence the ideal material, and the presence of necessary features (outlets or specific floor panels) can affect your budget.
Deck installation should only be done by trained professionals. With that in mind, you should only hire reputable contractors like STL Design and Build, who not only have the skills and equipment, but also the insurance and warranties that will keep you covered in case something wrong happens during installation.
Get a good deck with help from our pros. STL Design and Build provides home remodeling solutions in Missouri. You can call us at (314) 930-3888 or fill out this contact form to request an estimate.