As we approach Spring, I thought I’d share some general deck ideas to get excited about. We’ve built all kinds of decks, in all shapes and sizes. And we welcome unusual ideas as well.
There are five major types of decks. The first is a platform deck. It’s the simplest deck style while is usually built on a level lot and attached to single-level dwellings. It kind of looks like a stage where railings aren’t usually necessary because these decks are so low to the ground. Curves, angles, curves, and a screened gazebo provide both style and function for this deck. Because platform decks are close to the ground, it’s important that the material used has an extra good sealant. Our material is great for direct ground contact. Second is a raised deck. They’re used for uneven land or houses with above-grade first floors. They must include railing and stairs. Third is a two-story deck. These kinds of decks provide outdoor access to the upper levels of your home. The trick with two-story decks is that structural posts and bracing create an aesthetic challenge. So the solution there is to cover them with decorative boards. Another way is to include posts that are thicker than what building codes require.
Next is a multi-level deck. This is essentially a series of decks connected by stairways or walkways. These are great for sloped lots. They’re also great for micro-climates within the yard. For instance, one level can be close to the house for entertaining, another can be in the shade or trees, and another can be positioned to soak up the sun. Finally, there’s the freestanding deck. These are not attached to the house. They’re especially good when the house’s construction doesn’t allow for a ledger board, which is bolted to the home’s framing. These kinds of decks are ideal for highlighting the best areas of the yard.
We’d love to help you figure out the best type of deck for your home!