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Suggestions To Help You Get Ready For A New Deck

If you're planning to add a deck to your home so you can enjoy the outdoors more often this summer, then you have a lot of planning to do and many decisions to make. A deck has a dramatic impact on the appearance of your home, so you want it to be attractive while being useful at the same time. Here are some suggestions for planning the installation of your new deck.

Try Using A Deck Visualizer App

If you want a virtual representation of how your new deck will look, try using a deck visualizer app. There are several to try that are made by deck materials manufacturers so you can create a model of your new deck easily by yourself. This allows you to try out different colors of decking and different shapes for your deck. Plus, you can move the placement of the deck around so you find the perfect place to have it installed. Using an app is an easy way to try numerous variables for your new deck and get a good idea of how they will look and function on a real deck that's installed on your property.

Consider The Maintenance You Need To Do

One of the initial decisions you have to make is the decking material you want the installer to use. One way to narrow that down is by the amount of maintenance each type of decking requires. For instance, wood decking is the most affordable option, but it is high maintenance. If you choose wood to save money, you'll spend a lot of time and money over the years in maintaining your deck. If you enjoy home maintenance chores, that might not matter to you, but if you hate the idea of staining and repairing the wood, then choosing a different decking material is probably a good idea.

Think About The Features You Want

If your deck will be in full sun all day, you might want a gazebo roof added over part of the deck. If you want to put a hot tub on the deck for stargazing at night, the installer has to know so the deck will be strong enough to support the hot tub. Think about how you'll use the deck so you'll have an appropriate space for using a grill and the right access points to your yard. Consider if you want the deck to wrap around a pool, tree, or other feature. A deck installer, such as from Rainier Fencing & Decking, can work with any ideas you come up with as long as all your desires are known in advance so they can be worked into the deck plans.