All About Decks

All About Decks
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    With the nice warmer weather approaching, many homeowners are evaluating their outdoor space.

    Many opt to plant a small garden, improve their overall landscaping and some even opt to extend their home by adding on a deck.


There are many factors involved when deciding to add on a deck to your home. Here are a few important questions to consider before you decide on deck for your home.


Before you even consider adding on a deck to your home, it is important to know what kind of space you are working with. You should look for deck designs that would compliment the existing space, but not over power or take over the current space. An outdoor deck is simple an extension of your home and the design should accent that idea.

For example, would a slightly rounded deck be more complimentary to the space, or would a multi-level deck be more appealing? These design decisions should be taken into consideration before the building process begins.

Flip through home and home remodeling magazines to get a better idea and inspiration for what deck designs may appeal to you and how to best compliment your home.


Decks are not just built from your standard solid wood today. There are a variety of different materials used to build decks. But if you are looking to build a solid wood deck, cedar, redwood and southern yellow pine are the most popular due to their durability and resist against rot.

However, if you are looking for wood alternative materials to build you deck, composite decking would be the best alternative. Composite decking is quite similar to wood but requires minimal upkeep and is quite durable. The composite decking is available in an assortment of colors. It is important to keep in mind that although composite decking costs more upfront, the long-term maintenance costs of the deck will be quite minimal.


Before considering to add a deck to your home, it is important to understand the costs involved, the value it will add to your home and resale value which a deck can add. It is important not to go over board and add an enormous deck to your home, as you may not get back the costs of what you put into it. The goal is to recoup the money back and then some, if possible. Often times, smaller additions and renovations make a bigger overall impact.

Ann Martin is a contributing writer for Dinnerware Center, which offers a gorgeous collection of dinnerware styles, an array of beautiful flatware, and beautiful jewelry boxes. The Reed and Barton jewelry boxes are quite popular with consumers. Ann is a writer for other home and cooking websites. When Ann is not writing, she enjoys experimenting in her kitchen.

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Ann Martin

Ann Martin is a freelance writer for Dinnerware Center, which is home to an extensive collection of dinnerware and flatware sets. Ann is a writer for other home and cooking websites. When Ann is not writing, she enjoys reading and spending time with her family.