April 26, 2019
Spring is when many people want to spend an increased amount of time taking in the warmer weather. Adding a deck to the property can do wonders to improve a home’s outdoor living space and allow for a host of entertaining options. Before constructing a brand new deck, it’s best to determine which style works best for its intended location and use. Below are the four most common deck types, along with some pros and cons of each.
Ground-level decks are the least expensive to install.
Ground-level decks provide a virtually seamless transition from the interior to the exterior of the home. The kitchen usually isn’t too far away, making activities such as grilling or dining outdoors super easy. Since they aren’t built very far off the ground, tall support beams, railings and additional bracing aren’t needed, which helps to keep costs down.
Elevated decks may offer spectacular views.
Elevated decks are a wonderful way to allow direct access to the outside from a home’s second story. Furthermore, they are great for entertaining and add quite a bit of curb appeal. For urban dwellers, elevated decks may be the only option to extend outdoor living space.
Free-standing decks can be built anywhere on the property.
Free-standing decks have the benefit of being able to be positioned anywhere on the property. Unlike concrete patios, they can be a bit more forgiving when it comes to unlevel terrain. These types of decks are also a good choice when the existing home or structure may not be able to support the deck ledger to provide much needed strength and stability. The ledger is what attaches the deck to a building.
Each section of a multi-level deck is like its own outdoor room.
Multi-level decks are really just a series of elevated or free-standing decks, often connected via stairs, ramps or paths. They are the perfect solution for large areas with diverse terrain. Many homeowners often designate each of the levels for a different activity, effectively creating outdoor “rooms.”
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