If you’re looking to spend more time outside, you likely want to build a deck. Perhaps you want to use it for entertaining or just need a secure place to put your barbecue. Why ever you’re building it, you want to make sure that you cover all of your bases and take all things into consideration so that you can have the best, most comfortable deck ever.
When considering what materials you want to use, you’ll want to think about your climate and where you’re building the deck. You could choose something affordable for the decking material that doesn’t require a lot of upkeep, such as plastic or PVC, but the planks can feel soft underfoot, and they can get very hot under the sun. If you live somewhere with a lot of rain, you might want to consider getting aluminum decking because it can be cleaned easily and is slip-resistant.
Another material to consider is what type of support you’ll need. Suppose you’re planning to build a roof deck. In that case, you’ll want to talk to your builder about something like Bison adjustable pedestals. However, if you’re building a simple backyard deck, you’ll likely be fine with basic pillars concreted into the ground.
One of the best parts about building a deck is envisioning the different ways your friends and family will be using it. That is why you should always consider your lighting options. You don’t want the good times to stop just because the sun went down.
You want to make sure that there is enough light for people to see what is happening outside, but you also don’t want to flood the area with excess light. For example, you could do small lights on the edge of the decking so people can find their way without tripping and then one larger light that illuminates the entire space when you’re having a party. If you’re looking for an option for more ambient light, consider installing string lights across the deck’s cover to help set the mood.