Advance Remodeling can make your dreams for a new deck a reality.
Decks can complement the style of your home and add a special touch of comfort to it. If you need more space in your home, adding an outdoor living area is much less expensive than an addition for instance. Adding a deck to your Baltimore home can not only increase the time that you spend outdoors with family and friends, but it can also increase the value of your home.
Advance Remodeling builds quality decks to your specifications or we can provide the deck design expertise to help create your dream deck. Whether the deck is squared or angled, one level, or multi-levels, Advance Remodeling will build a deck that you will use time and time again.
Designing and building a new deck is no small task and there are many factors to consider including available space, uses, location, safety, weather and style.
Take a look below at just a few of the deck projects that Advance Remodeling has completed in Maryland. And when you’re ready, contact Advance Remodeling for your free, no obligation deck estimate.
Given that a new deck is a major investment, take your time choosing colors, finishes and features – and remember to have fun. Work closely with your professional contractor and don’t hesitate to ask for help and creative ideas – this will bring you one step closer to the deck of your dreams.
Before you make any decisions about decking materials or style, you need to think about your home and the area surrounding it. First, you need to determine how much space you have for a new deck. The size of your deck is greatly influenced by the amount of space you have for it. Also think about any obstructions in your yard that may interfere with the construction such as trees or boulders. If these cannot be removed, then you must build your deck around them.
If you have enough space to build a deck of your desired size, think about what you will be using it for. If you plan to use it for entertainment, you may need more space than if it is just meant for family relaxation and leisure.
When determining where to build your deck think about how much privacy you want. If you are surrounded by neighbors and privacy is limited, plant some high trees around your deck – this will help block the neighbors’ view. Also, different locations provide different amounts of shade and sunlight – placing your deck in a location where you have both is preferred. How people will gain access to the deck is also important to consider. Your deck will either need to be attached to a side of your home or have stairs to get to it.
Decks can be dangerous, especially for younger children, so you will need to think about safety. You can either choose an open deck or an enclosed deck. The enclosed deck is preferred by families with young children and will help to keep them better supervised. Railings are also important, especially if your deck is high off of the ground.
Since your deck is outside 24/7, it is subject to all of the weather elements from sun to snow. If you live in areas with heavy snow or ice, your deck may need extra support to hold the extra weight. As a general rule, you need to choose materials that will withstand all weather conditions.
When it comes to the look or style of a deck, most people want something that will match their home. For instance – if your siding is made of vinyl you may want to choose vinyl decking to complement the style of the house. Remember to keep the size of your deck relative to the size of your home – a deck that takes up the entire backyard will look disproportionate and unattractive. You can add personal style with railings and stairways, and once it is complete, your own deck décor. See the “Creating Your Dream Outside Living Area” section of this guide.
Wood decks are the most traditional type of deck. Wood gives you unlimited design options and can be painted or stained to match your home. Because of its exposure to moisture, most wood used for decks is pressure-treated which helps prevent decay and termite damage. Wood decks require yearly maintenance.
Composite decking consists of synthetic plastic and real wood fiber. This combination makes for a very strong and durable decking material with the look of natural wood but without the maintenance. Composite decking does not splinter, and lasts a long time. Combining the desire for low maintenance with an environmental consciousness, homeowners are particularly turning to composite decking due to their high level of recycled content.
Vinyl decks are affordable, durable and long lasting. These decks come in almost any color and do not need to be stained or painted. Although they are not natural wood, they can be made to mimic it. Vinyl decks are safe because of their slip-resistant finish in the rain and resistance to heat build-up during warm weather. They are splinter-free and very low maintenance.
If you want your deck to last, it is important to choose a material and finish that you can successfully maintain. Decks are subject to all weather elements, such as sun, snow, ice, and wind. Maintaining your deck is key to keeping its appearance in top shape. After spending time and money on your new deck, maintaining it properly will make it all worthwhile.
Creating Your Dream Outside Living Area
Whether you are adding a porch, patio or deck to your home, there are several things you can do to make it fit your personal style and desired comfort. Whether you want a large space to entertain, or a small and cozy area to relax with the family (or alone), there are several ways to make your wish come true. We have listed a couple of ideas below.
Here are some tips for creating a peaceful and relaxing deck area.
Hang a hammock or swing.
Add comfortable chairs or beds.
Make the area around the deck, porch or patio appealing to look at.
Install a ceiling fan to combat summer heat.
Here are some ideas to think about if you plan to entertain guests on your deck.
Build-in spaces for storage.
Add built-in benches and seating.
Designate an area for a grill or wet bar.
Add chairs and tables for eating or just resting.