Have you ever wished you had more space in your home to host guests? Have you ever wanted to create an outdoor space that would encourage family members and guests to spend time enjoying the beauty of your landscape? Installing a wood deck may be the perfect solution. Decks offer a range of advantages for your home. In addition to increasing the beauty of your home and yard, they also increase the monetary value of your home by extending the living space outdoors.
With one of Beitzell Fence’s custom wood decks, you’ll be able to experience your backyard like never before. If you are interested in installing a wood deck, contact us today to get a free estimate. Our team of qualified professionals would be happy to speak with you. From consultation to installation, we will work closely with you to ensure you get the perfect wood deck for your property.
Extend your living space into the outdoors with a wood deck
One of the most common reasons our customers choose to install a wood deck is to extend their living space into the outdoors. Step out the backdoor onto a solid surface on which you can put tables, chairs, a grill, or even an outdoor bar. A wood deck presents endless possibilities. You could host family gatherings, outdoor parties, or simply relax in the sun or under the stars.
An outdoor deck also eliminates or minimizes the need to deal with your lawn. Though lawns may seem enticing, they are difficult to maintain. If you’ve ever tried to put lawn chairs or outdoor furniture on grass, you’ll understand the difficulty of enjoying the outdoors when dealing with uneven surfaces, ant mounds, weeds, dirt, mud, and other annoyances. With a wood deck, you and your family and friends will be able to enjoy the fresh air without the discomfort of grass.
Installing a wood deck may also improve your health. Spending more time outdoors has been proved to have several health benefits, including lower stress levels and boosted levels of vitamin D. If you have children, spending more time outside with them fosters a healthier and more active lifestyle. Additionally, if you own an outdoor grill, you’ll be better able to cook healthy meals, since fat liquifies and slips through the grates on the grill’s surface.
The beauty of a wood deck
Because wood is a natural material, it has a natural beauty that enhances the beauty of your property while blending into the natural landscape. Unlike synthetic materials, which may appear stiff and unnatural, wood carries intricate patterns no man-made material could match. You’ll also be able to choose the kind of lumber you use to construct the wood deck, which will allow you to match the color and texture of the wood to the style of your home. Additionally, you choose from a wide variety of finishes, giving you more flexibility in your wood deck’s design.
Though wood is susceptible to weather damage over time, it will remain fresh and resilient for decades with a strong finish or a coat of paint. Additionally, you can choose certain types of weather-resistant wood such as cedar or redwood that will be much slower to warp, split, or crack. Ipe is a more expensive option, but it is very resistant to rot and other types of wood damage.
Wood is an excellent material for decks, but if you would prefer to stay away from wood, you can also install a composite deck, which is made from wood and recycled plastic. A composite deck is made to resemble wood and has the advantage of requiring zero maintenance. Unlike wood, a composite deck will never warp, crack, or rot. Though composite decks are usually more expensive than wood ones, homeowners who install a composite deck may save money in the long run because they require no maintenance.
A wood deck is easy to maintain
Though wood decks require a little maintenance to prevent them from becoming discolored over time, they are surprisingly easy to care for. Before installation, the material is treated to remain structurally strong, so any damage that occurs is usually surface-level. To prevent the buildup of dirt and grime, we recommend power washing the deck at least once a year. It’s also a good idea to re-stain or refinish the deck every couple of years to keep the wood looking warm and fresh.
If your wood deck begins to develop other blemishes, there are other specific treatments you can use to restore the material. Use bleach-based products to remove mildew and mold and acid-based products to remove oxidation and other stains. If you notice signs of rot or termites, you should call a professional for an inspection. With the right wood and finish, however, these challenges are very unlikely. A yearly cleaning and occasional re-staining should be enough to keep your deck in excellent condition.
Using a wood deck to increase the value of your home
If you plan on selling your home one day, adding a wood deck to your yard is one of the best things you can do to increase the value of your home. A wood deck will add to the overall square footage of living space and provide a centerpiece for your backyard. It will call to mind images of outdoor barbeques and small gatherings where the new owners will be able to enjoy the natural beauty of the yard. The material itself and the change in lifestyle the wood deck promotes will also raise the home’s estimation.
Investing in a wood deck can save you money in other ways, too. For example, it will decrease the amount of time or money it takes to maintain your yard. According to the Washington State Journal, Americans spend more than $29.1 billion on lawn care each year, or an average of $90.23 per person. With a wood deck, you won’t have to pay workers as much to mow your lawn or take care of your garden. If you take care of your own lawn, you’ll spend less time mowing and more time relaxing outdoors.
Customizing your new wood deck
Wood decks are easy to customize to match the style and size of the home and the desires of the homeowners. For example, if your yard slopes downward, the wood deck can be raised above ground level. Railings and a stairway make the wood deck safe for use. The shape can also be customized to match the style of the home. For example, a rectangular shape might give the deck a modern and sleek feel, while a deck with rounded edges and an amorphous shape might lend to a more laid back and free-flowing style.
Many homeowners also choose to personalize their wood decks with outdoor furniture, potted or hanging plants, lighting fixtures, and add-ons such as a built-in barbeque, kitchen, or bar These help the homeowners to make the space livable and inviting for family and guests. Some people also choose to add a covering to provide shelter from the sun or rain. This may make the space more livable, but it also helps to limit the wood’s exposure to the elements.
Regardless of what customizations and add-ons you choose for your wood deck, Beitzell Fence will work with you to make sure you have the perfect deck for your property. A wood deck is an investment that could last for generations, so it’s important to make the right decision when purchasing the deck. For free consultation, contact us today. Our team of experts will help you determine the best course of action for your yard.