What makes a deck special?
When many people think about Connecticut, they think of cold and snow. But Branford Connecticut has warmer weather too, and when we do, we like to sit outside and enjoy it. That is why deck installation is so important! So, for any homeowner that is considering adding one, there are many questions, and we have some answers for you.
What are decks good for?
After the Quarantine of 2021, many homeowners realized how small their homes were when everyone was home. For months! The installation of decking has become a popular trend across the country. It expands the living area of your home, and can be utilized year-round if desired, even in Connecticut! The 6 primary benefits of having decking installed are:
Increase Your Home Value
If you’re considering selling your home, there are many things you’re being told that will increase the value, including decking. So, will adding a deck increase my home value? Absolutely! There are many things you can do, but only a few will increase the value any substantial amount, like an improvement for outdoor living areas. How much does a deck improve home value? Real estate experts say that you can get between 75% and 100% ROI when you add decking to your home.
Have a Party On The Decking
With the cost of gas these days, more of us are staying home. For the outdoor-loving person, decking is an excellent way to make room for outdoor parties. Invite the family, friends, and even neighbors over to party on your decking with a BBQ grill going and cold drinks. Outdoor decking isn’t as claustrophobic as inside a home, and if anything gets spilled, it isn’t a panic situation!
If you’re not the partying kind of person, decking can be a place of enjoyment by simply sitting quietly and relaxing. Enjoy the sunshine and read a book during the day or have some soft lighting and enjoy the stars at night.
Get a New and Updated Look
Homeowners will ask themselves, “Should I have a backyard deck installed?”, and to that, we say if your home is looking boring, dull, and drab in the backyard, then yes! Having decking installed is one of the best ways to liven things up out there! The home improvement market is full of assorted decking materials today, it can be difficult to choose the best one for your home and planned use.
So, what types of decks are there? Choose an all-natural material, an exotic hardwood, or a rustic pine, the choices are unlimited! A popular choice of decking material today is Trex Composite, the ideal material for homeowners that don’t want to worry about decking maintenance like wood rot, necessary annual need to repaint, re-stain, and re-seal, and the best part of this material: Termites can’t eat it!
How large are backyard decks?
The first step in the Deck Installation Process is determining the size you desire. It’s your backyard, if there aren’t specific building codes, you can have your decking as large or small as you want! The average decking size is three to four hundred square feet, with it being wider than long in most cases. But again, it is your home, you can design a multi-level decking style where the grill is on the lower end, furthermost from the house, with seating and tables closer.
Can you renovate a deck?
It isn’t always necessary to tear down and start over, it depends on how shabby and worn the existing decking is. If the main structural parts are in good condition, you can replace any bad flooring, rails, and redo or replace the stairs. This is a much less expensive way to get your backyard decking back in shape without going broke.
When should you replace a deck?
Outdoor decking can last for decades, depending on the weather, your use, and your maintenance practices. You’ll know your decking is beyond renovation by these 5 signs:
- Obvious wood damage can occur from the elements, insects, and regular use. That damage can be in the form of broken boards, cracked wood, and holes from wood boring insects. If the wood has a ‘give’ when you step on it, or shifts as you walk on the decking, it is time to replace it.
- Wood rot is never good. Like the wood used to build your home, if there is the slightest indication of wood rot in your decking, it can compromise the stability. Replace the wood if you can, but if there is a significant amount, you need to replace the decking.
- Rusted fittings and fixtures that hold your decking together underneath may be replaceable. But if your decking is wobbling, those fittings and any fixtures used to hold it together are rusted, replacing the decking may be the better choice.
Decking It All Out
When determining if a renovation is possible or replacement is the best option, check all the railing. If it is loose, you may be able to tighten them up with new hardware. If the wood splits while tightening, replace the decking instead.
And mildew or mold are two things you don’t want your decking to have, so try to replace any wood with mildew or mold. If it is too much, it is time for new decking! You want your outdoor living area to be clean, enjoyable, and safe. Make this the best summer ever with beautiful decking!