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Things to Consider When Adding a Deck to Your Home

November 4, 2016

Adding a new deck to your home is a great way to create a space that is perfect for both relaxing and entertaining friends. While you might think that it’s as easy as hiring some contractors to install support posts or lay a foundation and build the deck on top, it actually requires a little more work than that. You need to consider both the overall layout or design of the deck as well as the decorative and support elements you want to use with that design.

Pick a Deck Design

Decks come in a range of both styles and sizes. If you have a larger home, you might consider a wraparound deck. This is a deck that starts on the front of your home and wraps around one side. You can even opt for one that wraps around the back or all four sides of your house. Others prefer standard and more traditional designs that include steps leading up to the front or a second set of steps leading down to the side of the house. You can even add a deck that has cut outs for trees and plants.

Think About a Railing

No matter what size or shape you settle on, make sure that your design includes some type of railing. The railing should wrap around all sides of the deck and serve as a safety feature to keep guests, kids and event pets from falling over the side. Metal deck spindles come in both contemporary designs and more traditional designs as well as in a wide range of finishes. Your contractors can install the spindles along the edges of the porch and use the same spindles to create handrails along the steps leading up to the deck.

Look at Permits

Before you hire contractors or builders and start construction on your deck, make sure that you contact the city regarding any permits you need. Depending on where you live, you may need to contact the county instead of the city. You usually need a permit when building a larger deck. The city or county can give you all the information you need to apply for and receive your permits. Some builders will actually do this for you. When adding a deck to your home, consider whether you need permits, the design you want and the best railing for that deck.

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