Considerations You Should Make Before Adding a Deck to Your Home

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One of the best things that you can do for your home’s value is adding a good functional deck. This may seem like something that is a given, but you will find that there is a lot more to this notion than just throwing up an elevated space and calling it a deck. When you start to look into the various options that are available to you in regards to adding an entertainment area, or simply put up additional coverings for your home, you’ll end up seeing that the sky is truly the limit as to what you could do with a deck installation. Before you call us for a consultation, make sure that you take a few moments to make the following considerations moving forward:

Planning Your Space: The first thing that you should do is simple, measure your existing space. If you have a large yard, still do this, as you will want to know exactly how much square footage you have to fill and how you can go about this. A property survey is a good place to start the planning process. Maximizing your space is a matter of knowing how much you have, and what you want to do with the areas that are exposed. You may want to look into covered space, or you may want an open deck option, but no matter what you go with, make sure that you keep in mind how much square footage is available.

Covered or Uncovered: Adding a deck is a great way to add usable outdoor space, but what about the hot summer days? Adding a covered area is a great way to extend the usable hours of your outdoor space. More elaborate features that contain stone work and large columns or perhaps lights and a ceiling fan can also be fun design options. A covered porch may keep some of the hot sun out and allow for additional entertainment space when guests come over. The decision between an open deck and a covered deck can be a difficult one. A lot of times the answer will be to build both together, an open deck adjoining a covered porch.

Hiring Professional Deck Builders: When looking at hiring professionals to build your deck, even if you don’t hire us, make sure that you look at their portfolio. Look to see if they have a track record of good work, and you will get an idea as to what type of work they are doing for others. Also make sure that they are licensed, bonded, and have positive reviews online. If you don’t find any reviews and you’re not sure whether or not the company has been doing good construction work, you’ll be spending money blindly, and that could come back to haunt you.

Keep these ideas in mind when considering adding a deck or porch to your home. The more time you take planning, the better the results will be. Call Leisure Time Decks at 404-939-2201 if you’re ready to start planning and building your Atlanta area deck. We’d love to discuss your options and build the perfect deck or porch (or both) to fit your lifestyle.