When constructing a new deck or updating an existing, there are often more options worth considering than our clients initially expect, and the reason an on-site consultation is so invaluable.
Every deck begins with a basic design plan which is critical to its success. Whether you know in advance exactly what you want or whether you’re overwhelmed by the idea of creating a deck space alone, we’re here to help.
The decking plank chosen for your deck can easily effect the overall experience of the completed project. Deck boards come in different types, colors, textures and prices.
Non-wood decking planks fall into (2) primary categories: Capped composite planks (made with wood filler) and PVC planks (100% PVC).
Installing deck planks in multiple directions and/or using patterns will have an effect on the overall look and feel a deck. We often get creative regarding plank layout in an attempt to avoid excessive cut-off waste and to prevent butt joints inside the field planks.
When you’re choosing to install a non-wood decking plank you’ll be choosing a plank backed by a 25, 30, or even 50 year warranty; all the more reason you’ll want to be sure that you’re happy with your color choices. With so many options available, choosing which color is right can be more difficult than it might seem.
If your project will include railings there are a plethora of options available. Metal, aluminum and composite railing frames are the industry standard and will offer one or more of the (3) most common infill styles: Picket, cable and/or glass. The color options available, railing top-cap profile options, post thickness and pricing will vary between styles and manufacturers.
Identified as the horizontal boards that are installed on the outside edges of your deck, its benches, and other vertical deck surfaces, the fascia will usually be installed using the same material as the deck’s surface or using the same material as was used for the house’s trim. When the fascia material matches that of the house trim, the deck tends to appear more ‘built in’; like it was part of the original architecture. When the fascia matches the decking, the lack of future maintenance is celebrated.
Low voltage LED lighting can be incorporated just about anywhere on a deck and is primarily used for safety purposes and/or to create ambiance. Lighting can be used within most railing systems, up stairways, mounted into overhead beams, and even mounted into the deck floor itself.
Deck skirting is an optional wall that is built along the deck’s outer edge and used to enclose the area underneath the deck. Some deck owners choose to leave this area entirely open while others choose to leave it open but ask to have any exposed posts and beams wrapped thereby accomplishing a more finished look.
If the idea of placing a 25, 30, or 50 year decking plank atop a wooden substructure bothers you, and if you’re also a fan of longevity, superior strength, class A fire spread rating, and a perfectly flat decking surface, you might consider using steel deck framing. Yep…it’s a real thing, and more affordable than you might think.
A deck built using a wooden frame will benefit from the installation of joist flashing: a special tape that is applied across the top edge of the deck joists and/or beams. Its function is to help protect flat wood surfaces against future frame damage caused by moisture. The addition of flashing tape will surely add years of life to any deck frame.
When we want the area below a deck to become a water tight environment we install a bladder system. These bladders are custom made from EPDM pond liner material and function as troughs that direct water between the deck joists and out to a gutter located underneath the deck.
Pergolas, pavilions, planter boxes, benches and privacy screens are examples of optional elements that provide additional character no matter the size or shape of a deck.