Choosing deck: Guide out of lockdown

Having a deck in the backyard is a necessity in every home. The best thing about a deck is that it can be built in any size or shape because it is made of lengths of wood. What a lot of people think—and this is completely incorrect—is that you need a large backyard to have a deck.

As you’ll discover if you keep reading, there’s a decking option for just about any backyard.

Deck choosing: The Correct Intensity

The type of decking you select will be determined by the size of your yard. You could go with:

Build on the ground level because it’s the most cost-effective and easiest to construct. Don’t be fooled by the simplicity of ground-level deckings thinking they’ll have no impact; they can still be the highlight of your backyard and add square footage to your home.

You can still have a deck even if your backyard is sloped or split-level. Having a raised deck allows you to see more of your house and the surrounding area.

With multi-level decking, you can make use of the extra space in your backyard while also using each level for a different purpose. There could be an alfresco dining area on one level and a pool or even a garden bed on another level.

Deck choosing: Now for the fun part: Taking Shape!

While almost any shape is possible, round and square are the most common. A square decking is more attractive, neat, and cost-effective to install than other types of decking. Even though building a round deck around a pond or other water feature takes longer and costs more money, the finished product looks stunning.

Choosing a Substance

The most difficult decision you’ll have to make when building a deck is what kind of wood to use. It’s all about finding the right balance between cost and aesthetics, as well as how much upkeep you’re willing to put in.

Jarrah, Spotted Gum, Merbau, and Cumaru are just some of the stunning hardwoods available. They’re all distinctive in terms of color, grain, and oil content. In addition, because of the high quality of the wood, they are low maintenance. However, hardwood is an expensive option, so size may be an issue if you choose it.

Softwoods like treated pine are less expensive and look just as good as hardwoods when stained properly. You don’t have to worry about taking lumber from one of our old-growth forests when using softwoods because they are plantation timbers. It’s easy to design with treated pine because it’s durable and versatile.

Deck builders are increasingly turning to composite materials. There’s no need to worry about this wood/plastic mix because it’s so durable. It’s also resistant to fire, rot, termites, and mildew, and it’s the greenest option available. Because the planks are available in a variety of colors, you won’t have to compromise on the overall look.


Beautifying the Situation

While height and shape are important, they aren’t the only considerations when choosing the right decking for your home. To make your living space even better, consider adding the following features, such as lighting.

Lighting improves the quality of life in every way. It catches our attention, it elevates the appearance of your deck, and it allows you to use the space whenever you want.

If you enjoy sitting on your deck in the evenings, why not make it usable for the rest of the year by adding some heating. Create a space you can use in June and January by installing heating lamps or an outdoor heater. Make the space weatherproof by adding a shade sail.


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