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Deck and Rail Guide

Understanding the basics behind deck construction can go a long way when selecting the right deck materials for your project. At LBP Designs, we work with the most reputable deck manufacturers in the industry, such as:

All work is done to produce a maintenance-free deck that will add beauty to your exterior living space for years to come.

Deck Considerations

  • Type
    • Freestanding - Decks that are not connected to your home are considered freestanding. These designs are useful when your home is not required as a support system and your deck needs are located elsewhere on your property.
    • Attached - Designed on posts with one side attached to your home, this type of deck construction can be used to supplement a modular deck or extend over a sloping terrain.
  • Material
    • Composite - Entirely maintenance free, composite materials have hit the outdoor decking industry by storm! Choose from TimberTech, EverGrain, and other manufacturers who will stand behind their products for decades.
    • Redwood - These decks carry a beautiful finish once completed, yet require ongoing maintenance in the form of annual staining, bolt re-tightening, redwood replacement, and/or repairs, and more.
    • Pressure-Treated - A combination of wood with composites, pressure-treated wood carries the same degree of maintenance as redwood decks but without the beauty and durability. You may want to calculate the time it takes to maintain a wooden deck before choosing.
  • Dimension - Decks can be built as one flat surface or Pergolas can be an elegant touch to any deck construction projecthave as many step-down sections as you design. Think about table sizes, chair locations, party guests, and kids' habits when deciding how many step-down sections, if any, are necessary.
  • Size - Examine your property with an experienced deck contractor, such as Lou Papay. He will assist you in deciding how large the deck should be.
  • Shape - When in doubt, be generous. The shape of your deck will seem bigger before completed, as it's difficult to visualize the amount of room railings, flower boxes, hot tubs, and other features will occupy.
  • Stairs - Study the patterns your family members make as they exit and enter the area of the home closest to the deck's location. Allow room in your budget for an extra staircase, rather than adding on later. This will save you money in the long run.
  • Surface - Your deck floor is as important as your kitchen floor; the layout and materials should be carefully planned. Deck floors can be made of composite, stone, and other materials, in patterns of any imagination.
  • Options
    • Hot Tubs - If you think a hot tub is in your future, have your deck builder allow for this in the design. Decide on placement, size, and design.
    • Grills - A deck can be designed with an area for grills. These areas are usually made with more durable materials that will resist heat and extreme elements.
    • Flower Boxes - The easiest way to decorate your new deck is by adding attractive flower boxes alongside interior or exterior portions. Talk to your deck contractor about the many options that exist for planting.
  • Add-Ons
    • Pergolas - An elegant touch to any deck, pergolas add filtered light and plenty of room to hang plants.
    • Awnings - For the brightest spots on your deck that are not subject to wind tunnels, awnings, especially retractable ones, are a way to add color and shade (on-demand) to your outdoor living space.
    • Multi-Levels - Think ahead about upper or lower level access. You may not have the budget to do it all at once but telling your deck contractor in advance what you're planning in the future will make a difference in the foundation that is laid now.
  • Lighting - Most deck lighting is low-voltage and can be installed during your deck construction project. These lights are used to accent the deck and are typically located on step risers and deck railing posts. They do not require the services of a certified electrician and can be installed to operate automatically, with the use of a timer.
  • Storage - Think about having your deck allow room for storage underneath its floor. LBP Designs can easily build convenient access ways to the area located beneath the deck while seamlessly blending in with the structure.
  • Railings - Trying to save money on inferior deck railing products will only cost you more in the long run. Make sure the deck railing you choose will stand up to the toughest guests (usually kids or rowdy adults) you may ever invite to your home. Traditional deck railings come in many different styles, including:
    • Post and Rail
    • Pressure-Treated Lattice
    • Colonial Rail
    • Balustered Railing
    • PermaPorch Railing

Discuss your options with a qualified deck contractor, such as Lou Papay, who will guide you through your deck construction project.

Once a beautiful deck has been constructed, every warm day will beg its visitors. So, plan ahead and call LBP Designs for a free, in-home deck consultation.

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