As time passes, most people start needing more and more space in their homes, such as a quiet place to read away from the hustle and bustle of family life, or a bigger area to entertain guests. But what happens when your home begins to feel too cramped to contain all your belongings and activities and you can no longer maximize the space inside your house?
If it’s come to this in your home, now is the perfect opportunity to try outdoor living! When thinking about expanding your home outdoors, one thing in particular should come to mind: a deck. A deck is an extension of the home and can define the personality of the homeowner. Some people like the deck to resemble a garden, while others prefer it to be more of a recreational area.
With that said, the deck is an important, albeit optional, part of the house. Before installing one, you should ask yourself several questions, the answers to which can determine the success of your home improvement project, so read on before starting!
Why Do You Want a Deck?
The very first question you should ask yourself is why you want a deck in the first place. Are you planning to hold parties on your deck, or use it as an extended cooking and dining area? Will you be doing activities that require plenty of sunlight such as sunbathing and gardening, or do you just want a private place to enjoy your coffee in the morning? Asking these qestions can provide insight into what materials should be used and the style you should choose, which is important information to take into consideration whin creating a plan for your deck.
What Issues Could Possibly Arise With Your Deck?
While we tend to focus on positive things, we also need to think of any possible problems that could arise with your deck. Could there be spacing issues once it’s up? If you use high-maintenance materials, will you have the time necessary to maintain them? Will everybody in your family be able to access it? Prevention is always better than having to find a cure, so you’ll want to adjust your plans beforehand instead of spending money paying for costly repairs and revisions in the future.
How Will You Protect Your Deck?
The best question to ask once you’ve thought of the deck design you want is how you’ll cover or protect it throughout the seasons and during severe weather. Depending on your use of the deck, materials such as hardwood decking change in cost and have an effect on weather resistance. This is where having a covered deck comes in handy.
Having a roof over your deck will protect it at all times of the day and in any weather, keeping it dry for everyday use. However, during inclement weather there’s the potential for storm damage to roofing systems. If a roof fails, it could lead to deck damage, which will cost more money than just a roof repair.
In addition to costing a lot to repair, a damaged deck ajso becomes a safety hazard. To make matters worse, you and your friends and family will no longer be able to comfortably gather on it. What if the railing gives way? Or what if they trip on the stairs? Thus, you need to make sure that both your deck and roof are as sturdy as can possibly be.
Before any of this happens, make sure you’re properly insured. Find a good insurance claim specialist to help you if there are leaks in your roof or damage to your deck.
Who Can Build My Deck?
A great deck and roof combination will let you create happy memories with the ones you love, which is why you need to hire professionals to do the job. You don’t need to hire two separate companies, as many expert roofers also offer home remodeling services.