Putting in a deck can add to your enjoyment of your while also increasing its value. When designing a deck and choosing the materials, there are a few mistakes that you will want to avoid. Knowing what they are can help you design a better deck.

#1: Ignoring maintenance concerns

A deck is an investment, which means you don't want it ruined because you didn't keep up on the maintenance. That's why you need to be honest with yourself on how much you are willing to invest time and effort-wise into the deck. If you don't want to spend a lot of time every year staining and sealing your deck, then a wooden deck probably isn't for you. Fortunately, plastic and vinyl decking has come a long way and it looks nearly the same as wood, just without the need for regular maintenance. Instead, you simply sweep or hose it off when it begins to look dirty.

#2: Blocking your view

Deck rails are a must when it comes to safety. The standard option is to simply erect a picket style rail with small openings between the pickets, or a solid wood or vinyl rail. The problem with both options is that the railing can block the view, particularly on an elevated deck. Instead, consider installing a glass or plexiglass railing. This way you have all of the safety of a solid rail but you still have the open view that makes your deck so enjoyable. Clear glass railings are just as secure as other options, so they make a good choice.

#3: Not considering usage

How do you plan to use your deck? If outdoor dinner parties are your thing, then you will likely want a deck with a smooth surface so that high heels don't slip between the slats. If you have children and pets, then decking boards with small gaps combined with high enough rails to prevent a tumble over the top are in order. For those that love to grill, a heat resistant area opposite from the home or any walls is a must. Make sure you consider all the ways you plan to use your deck when designing it so you aren't disappointed later. It's much more expensive and time-consuming to have to try and fix a major design flaw after the fact.

For more help or to begin designing your new deck, contact a deck installation company in your area.