The Benefits of Adding a Deck to Your Home Are Many

23 May 2018
Joshua Chisvin

The benefits of adding a deck to your home are many — from being inexpensive and quick to construct, to affording a new area to host guests, to creating extra space for storing a barbecue, patio furniture and even potted plants. They can increase the resale value of your home, too!

What’s more, the process is easier than you think. In fact, it can be done in a short amount of time, especially with the help of a skilled contractor. Like over the weekend! Just check your local building department for any size, height or basic building restrictions — or permits required — for erecting your chosen deck before getting started.

Oh, and while you do that, also take a minute to quickly familiarize yourself with the following deck types, each as common as they are popular. Gotta know what you’re going build first, right?! 

PLATFORM DECKS

Platform decks are traditionally constructed on level lots and built low to the ground, making them the simplest to erect! To highlight the perimeter, you can install bench seating and built-in planters, while everything from angles, curves, a large screened gazebo and sunburst railing will further augment this deck design.

RAISED DECKS

Raised decks are required for houses with above-grade first floors. As such, safety precautions like railings and stairs for safe and easy access to the yard must be incorporated. Once complete, the exposed foundation posts of this deck design can be concealed with foundation plantings or skirting.

MULTI-LEVEL DECKS

Multi-levels are a series of decks on different levels, which are typically connected by steps or paths. In other words, here’s your answer for a large property, or one that changes in elevation. That said, it’s the terrain that usually dictates the need for a multi-level deck: hills, slopes and rocky landscaping may be unable to accommodate anything other than a raised wooden deck, after all.

FREESTANDING DECKS

Useful when construction does not allow for a ledger board bolted to the home’s framing — or if it requires a three-level system — freestanding decks aren’t attached to the house. With footings, posts and beams replacing the ledger, this deck design can become a natural extension of the landscape if strategically situated.

WRAPAROUND DECKS

Similar to a good ol’ fashioned wraparound porch, except parts of it can be larger, more uneven and room-like than a porch itself. A wraparound deck is also slightly elevated. Some of the things I love most about them is they let you follow the sun or shade (whichever you desire), extend the living space of your house and even assist with air circulation throughout the home when access doors are open.

ROOFTOP DECKS

Alright, a rooftop deck — or a deck on top of your garage — may sound like a fantastic concept, but until you have some structural and engineering matters tested at the outset, don’t jump too quickly into this project. However, assuming you’re good to go, this type of deck is perfect for a flat roof. It provides superior views to ground-level decks, offers increased privacy, can serve as a solution for an urban dwelling and, most importantly during the dog days of summer, easily pick up a breeze!

SWIMMING POOL DECKS

Wood or composite decking is amongst the simplest ways to make an above-ground pool more easily accessible. And franky, it’s just a wise option, period. Not only is it slip resistant, but unlike stone or concrete, it won't burn swimmers' feet! But remember, since real wood can split, you must apply a deck finishing product routinely. That way, swimmers won't end up with splinters in their toes. Ouch.

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