- Go and look at other decks in person. The internet is a great resource for helping people decide many aspects of home design. The internet can help you find a company in your area that makes decks and what kinds of prices can be expected. Having said this, when it comes to getting a feel for different decks there is nothing so useful as going out and seeing decks in person. If you already have a deck builder in mind for your project, you can talk with them and find out the location of some of their previous projects. Seeing the decks in real life will help you get a true feel for the way the deck might look on your home. One of the most typical regrets that deck owners have is that the deck they build ended up seeming too large or too small for their home. The reason people misjudge the size of deck they need is because they only see the deck in catalogues and they never get a good idea of what the deck will look like in real life. Looking at other decks online will help you decide on things like color and design, but there is just no substitute for observing the deck in person.
- Considering the advantages and disadvantages of different materials. The most popular custom decks are made from wood. Wood has long since been the top choice because of its neutral appearance that goes well outside and also because there is so much that a builder can do with wood, as far as design. There are also many other materials that decks can be constructed from that are popular choices. One deck material that is becoming increasingly popular is the aluminum deck. While many people prefer the appearance of wood over aluminum, aluminum decks are better suited for areas of the country will extreme humidity and heavy and constant rains. Aluminum will not warp or change color due to the elements and it often costs far less than large wood decks. On the other hand, aluminum is far less diverse in its design potential and most aluminum decks are made for their functionality rather than their beauty. When selecting a material you need to take into consideration what the main use of your deck will be.
- Consider what you will put on your deck when it is finished. The chances are that you are building a deck so that you can enjoy relaxing family time on it. You might set up your grill on the deck for summer BBQs or you might put an inflatable pool on the back deck for the kids to cool off in. Whatever you are imagining for your deck, remember to calculate that into the amount of space you need. You do not want to end up with a deck with so little space that only a few people can enjoy it. Factor in all that you want to do with your deck and use that as a guide for the deck’s size.
Centennial Custom Decks
8131 E. Briarwood Blvd.
Centennial, CO 80112