Ashburn Decks & Patios

Decks and patios come in various shapes and sizes. Some are built into the ground, some are attached to walls, and some are even floating. The type of deck or patio you choose depends on your budget, style preferences, and other factors. They are very versatile additions to your home that can enhance your outdoor living space.

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Consider The Deck's Purpose and Function

If you live in a climate with mild winters, you can extend the enjoyment you get from your home by building a deck. A deck adds value to your property and provides a great way to entertain guests. But before you start planning your deck, think about how you would like to use it. Do you need space for entertaining? Or would you rather spend time outdoors enjoying nature?

A deck should provide a comfortable environment for relaxing and socializing. Consider the weather conditions in your area. If you live in a cold climate, you may consider adding insulation to prevent heat loss. And if you live in a hot climate, you may want shade structures to protect against direct sunlight.

The Budget for Building a Deck

Building a deck is one of those projects that most people want to do themselves. But there are many factors to consider when planning how much money you'll spend on building a deck.

If you plan to build a simple wood deck, you might find that a basic contractor bid could cost $5,500-$7,500. If you choose a custom builder, you'll likely pay around $10,000. You'll also need to factor in permits and material costs, like lumber, nails, screws, and paint.

You'll also need to consider what extras you'd like included in your deck project. For example, if you want a built-in bench, you'll probably need to add another $1,200 to the total price. And don't forget the cost of hiring someone to install the railing and stairs.

The Deck's Location

Sometimes it's obvious where a deck should go. Other times, there may be multiple locations that are equally suitable. When that happens, how you want your home's deck to function will help determine which spot will be best for its location. Consider these factors when deciding where to place your deck:

Consider placing it near the house's entryway or patio area if you're building a small deck. This way, you'll have easy access to the outdoors without stepping outside. When choosing a location, remember whether the deck will be used during the summer or winter months. For example, if you live in a hot climate, you might choose to locate your deck in the shade. On the flip side, if you live in cold weather, you might position your deck in the sun.

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Deck Material Options

Wood is not the only available option for building a deck. Many different types of decking materials are available, including pressure-treated lumber, composite decking, vinyl, and aluminum. Each type offers advantages and disadvantages, depending on what you want out of your deck.

Pressure-Treated Lumber: Pressure-treated lumber is probably best for you if you prefer a warm, natural appearance. This lumber is often used for outdoor furniture because of its durability and resistance to rot. 

Premium Hardwoods: Hardwood decks are popular because they offer a beautiful, rustic appearance. However, premium hardwoods require more upkeep than pressure-treated lumber. You must seal the deck regularly to protect it against moisture damage. 

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