First-Time Homeowners: Avoid These 3 Mistakes When Building a Deck
A recent survey by Harris Poll for the National Association of Landscape Professionals found that among 2,034 adults in the U.S., 75% of Americans agree that it’s important to spend time outside of their homes in their yards. Fortunately, there are many ways homeowners can enjoy their outdoor areas. Decks are among the best features homeowners can invest in if they want to spend more time outside. From grilling dinner to enjoying a starry night, families can truly come together and enjoy the outdoors. However, there are many mistakes homeowners can make when designing their decks that can put a damper on their plans. So to help you avoid making mistakes when designing and building a new deck, read on.
Not planning for clearance. There are a lot of important features of a home that need to be accessed on the outside. Basement windows, water faucets, and air conditioner units all need to be considered when planning for deck construction. If these elements are not considered, homeowners may not give themselves the necessary clearance to reach them. So it’s important for homeowners to review their deck plans for access to home features that may be limited by their new deck.
Not choosing the right materials. Aside from design and location, choosing deck materials is one of the most important aspects of deck construction. Fortunately, there are multiple materials homeowners can choose from for their new deck. Wood, vinyl, and plastic are some of the most common materials for decks. When choosing material for decks, it’s important to consider the environment where home is. If the deck is going to be exposed to harsh weather, it’s important to choose a material that is treated to withstand that damage. It’s a good idea for homeowners to consult their contractor to decide which material is best for them.
Not considering safety factors. Decks should add aesthetics to a home and provide an area for homeowners to enjoy the outdoors. However, many homeowners don’t consider safety elements when planning their deck. Stairs, guardrails, and handrails should all be included in deck design plans. The location of stairs should be away from any windows and should provide easy access in the event of an emergency. Additionally, guardrails and handrails should be in the proper locations at the proper height to prevent people from falling from the deck. Safety features should always be a main priority in deck design.
Decks can offer homeowners many benefits when designed and constructed properly. It’s important for homeowners to carefully think about the design of their new deck and work with an experienced contractor who can give them the best deck possible. Contact Carl’s Fencing, Decking and Home Improvements today!