Decks – Frequently Asked Questions

How do I choose the right decking material? What kind of wood should I use? How do I choose the right deck design? These are just some of the questions you might be asking yourself if you’re planning to build your own deck, and this guide to building decks can help you tackle these questions and many more! Read on to learn more about building decks, including best practices and materials, plus tips on choosing the right design and layout. There’s no need to get overwhelmed – building your own deck is actually much easier than you might think!

I want to build a rooftop deck

Rooftop decks provide a great space for entertaining or relaxing outside. When deciding on building a rooftop deck, consider: How old is you roof, does it need maintenance or does it need to be replaced? What type of railing will you choose, something with privacy or a clear view of the skyline? How large will your deck be? What materials will you use to build it? What do I need to comply with local codes and regulations before I start my project? Rooftop decks are regulated differently depending on where they are located.

I want to add on to my existing deck

If you want to add onto your existing deck, it’s best to consult with a professional first. Often times adding an extension on your existing deck will make the entire structure less stable and can even lead to costly repairs down the road.

How much does it cost?

The cost of a deck varies according to its materials and size, but you can generally expect to pay between $110 and $180 per square foot. So, for example, a 200-square-foot deck would start at $22,000 or more. The price might be higher or lower depending on whether you’re building your own or hiring someone else to do it. This number is just an average; in some places, decks cost much more than that.

Where can I get help with design, planning and permits?

If you’re just not sure about how to take your idea for a deck from concept to creation, find a deck contractor in your area or an architect and ask them if they can help you figure out whether or not it’s possible. Depending on where you live, building codes and ordinances may restrict what kind of deck you can build, but most contractors have experience working with local authorities. They should be able to tell you right away whether or not your concept is feasible.

How do I choose the right material?

The materials you choose for your deck will depend on a number of factors including where it will be located, how many people it needs to hold, and what kind of look you’re going for. Different materials also have different levels of comfort and durability. Before deciding which material is right for you, consider these common decking options: Wood : Wood decks are usually made from natural wood like cedar or pine. They need a bit more maintenance than synthetic materials but they are extremely durable and sturdy. Because wood absorbs water, you can expect to see color changes and some cracking with age. Composite : These blends of plastic, glass fibers, and resins are becoming increasingly popular in both residential and commercial construction because they look great, last a long time, require minimal upkeep. However their real advantage is that they do not absorb water so there’s less risk of mold or rot during wet weather.

What should I look for in a contractor?

Many people start out looking for contractors without doing any research. They assume they will find a contractor that is good, reasonable, and available. However, there are many things to consider before choosing a contractor. Here are some questions you should ask before hiring a contractor: How long have you been in business? How do you take care of your customers? Can I see pictures of your work? What is your process? Do you have insurance? When can we get started?

What type of bells and whistle can I choose from?

The bells and whistles for a deck are virtually limitless, depending on your budget. The first thing you need to consider is what you want from your deck. If it’s a relaxing place to enjoy a cup of coffee or sit back with a glass of wine and watch your kids play, you might be content with a basic wooden deck. On the other hand, if you’re hoping to have people over for social gatherings on your rooftop deck, you might want to add in lighting (deck lighting is typically customizable so that they can be turned on and off when desired) or even fire pits so that friends can roast marshmallows while they take in views of beautiful downtown Philadelphia.

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