Everything You Need To Know To Add an Outdoor Deck
You’re thinking of adding an outdoor deck from your kitchen, but where do you start? There are many things to consider when making an outdoor deck that will affect the quality of the deck, like weather, accessibility, and even placement. Adding a deck to your house will add value to your house in many ways. They are great for entertaining guests, for relaxing at the end of the day, or simply just adding a new look to the house.
Before you start tearing down walls and spending money, there are certain things you have to think about. Most importantly, think about how often the deck will be used, and for what. If you take the following considerations in mind and get a good plan together for your deck, it will save a lot of time and hassle:
1) Where will your deck be located? When thinking about the placement of the deck, you have to plan out things like where the door will be added to your existing wall, and how you will get from the deck to the lower level. For example, you might think about an outdoor spiral staircase made of metal as a space saver and to resist extreme weather conditions.
2) How will the deck weather the storm? When planning out the materials for the deck, think about the weather conditions that the deck will endure. Again, thinking of sturdy materials like aluminum or other metals will help to maintain the durability of the deck and stairs for years.
3) How much maintenance are you willing to take on? Because this is outdoors, you have to consider the time you will spend maintaining it. If you want little maintenance, you have to think about metals, or stains, or anything to protect the deck from sun, rain, snow, wind, and animals.
4) How will you make the deck accessible? In addition to tearing down wall to create a door, you have to think about the accessibility of the deck from below too. As noted above, a spiral staircase is a simple addition, takes up minimal space, and adds a great aesthetic to the deck.
5) What about safety? When planning the details of the deck, keep safety at the forefront of every idea. Especially when it comes to picking out your railing, flooring, etc. Ask yourself, will there be kids on the deck? Will the weather affect the traction and durability of the deck? Taking safety precautions into consideration early will help you to make the best decisions for your deck.
As you begin work towards building a new outdoor deck, keep these things in mind (among other decisions you have to deal with) and you are sure to have a great finished product. You want to make the most of the deck, but you have to plan it out wisely in order to get what you paid for. From the material to the type of staircase, these are all big game-changers in how successful your deck ends up being.