Every new deck is custom built to suit. We prefer using PVC decking planks whenever possible but no matter what plank you choose, it’ll be done right. When considering a new deck there are often more options and details worth considering than people realize, and the reason an on-site consultation with an experienced professional is so valuable.
Every deck begins with a basic design concept which is critical to the success of any new deck. Whether you come to us knowing exactly what you want or whether you’re overwhelmed by the idea of creating a deck space alone, we’re here to help.
Installing deck planks in multiple directions will enhance the look and feel of any deck. We often get creative regarding the plank layout in an attempt to avoid excessive cut-off waste and to prevent butt joints in the field planks.
When you choose to install a decking plank with a 25 or 30 year warranty, you want to be happy with the color. With so many options available, choosing which color is right for you can be more difficult than it might seem.
If your deck is going to include railings there are a myriad of options available. Metal, aluminum and composite railing frames are the current standard and within each style there are (3) common infill styles: Picket, cable and/or glass. The color options available, railing top-cap profile options, and post thickness will vary between styles and manufacturers.
The fascia boards are the horizontal boards that are on the outside edge of a deck. Traditionally the fascia boards are either the same product as what is used on the decking surface or the same material found on the trim of the house. 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.
Whats happening in the open space between your new deck and the ground? If you want this area filled in then you’re in the market for ‘deck skirting’. Some homeowners however choose to leave this area open and ask us to wrap any exposed posts and/or beams with something attractive. Others simply opt to keep the under side of the deck completely open and untouched - the choice is entirely yours.
If the idea of placing a 25 or 30 year decking plank atop a wooden substructure bothers you, and if your 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…its 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 beams, and designed to help protect against moisture damage. The addition of flashing tape will surely add years of life to any deck built using a wooden substructure.
Pergola’s, pavilions, planter boxes, benches and privacy screens are all details that provide an extra degree of character no matter the size or shape of a deck.