Decks are usually located in the back of the home. These structures are raised from the ground and attached to the home. Most decks are constructed from wood building materials; however, there are other construction materials now available for the purpose of constructing a deck. Composite materials, which are manufactured from plastic and wood fibers, as well as plastic and vinyl selections are all used in residential deck designs.
For this reason, it is necessary for your contractor to obtain building permits and follow strict zoning regulations that are in place concerning deck construction. A well-constructed deck should add value to the home once complete.
Properly maintaining your deck can help ensure that you are able to enjoy it for a long time. Regular cleaning and sealing can significantly decrease the negative effects of time, weather and traffic.
The deck floor and the handrails are the most prone to damage because they get the most direct sunlight and water, and snow and wet leaves collect on them. These areas will wear at a much quicker rate than the posts and railings and require more frequent attention.
If you’re not sure about the condition of your deck, call a licensed contractor to take a look. The contractor should also inspect it during yearly maintenance. They should check and see if any part of the deck — the decking, the beams, stairs and railings — is coming loose, and repair it if need be.