Adding A Deck Addition
As an owner of an under way custom house, you won’t feel more enthusiastic than in the moment when the build reaches the stage of exterior finishing, and an attached deck addition falls into this category. It is at this point that you are finally starting to perceive the “profile” of your dream home, that artistic rendering which you have pictured before initiating the project. Once the major construction tasks are completed, your attention turns to details like wall coverings, finishing an attached deck addition, roofing the house, laying out a driveway and installing a lighting system. The focus of the present article will be placed on the completion of adding an attached deck addition.
Representing a platform built above the ground and connected to the main body of the house, an attached deck addition is usually made of wood. However, there are other materials used to fabricate it such as composite material, aluminum, polystyrene, mixed plastics and wood fibers. The standard model of attached deck is enclosed by a railing for safety and it can be accessed bidirectionally (from the house through the doors and from the ground via a stairway).
One of the most popular and pragmatic types of the numerous attached deck designs available in books, web sites and do-it-yourself magazines is represented by the one covered with a canopy or pergola. Thus, the owner of the house can control sunlight and enjoy relaxing moments on the patio. Building a house with a deck or adding a deck to your house not only creates a pleasant outdoor environment for friends and family, adding a deck adds value to your home. It's generally not necessary to hire an architect or home designer to design your deck since there are so many deck designs freely available and the engineering, design and construction of a deck are relatively straightforward in most cases.
Since the attached deck enables one to enter the house and it is also a place of lounging, barbeques and family gatherings, this space will surely have its share of intense “traffic”. Consequently, one has to carefully pick the right deck construction materials so that it can hold out against heavy wear and tear, as well as the action of natural elements.
Wood is a good deck construction material choice if your aiming for an aesthetic appearance, but it is also vulnerable to the elements, easily showing the effects of aging. Hence, once you have chosen it as the finish for your attached deck addition, you have to prepare yourself for periodical maintenance, particularly if the plans for your deck involve using untreated lumber. The frequency of this deck maintenance will depend on the quality of the materials you use and on the degree of wear and tear on the deck. It is recommended that you use a penetrating transparent water sealer as the best coating for a wooden patio or deck because it allows you to see the wood, but simultaneously protects it from the elements.
Deck Materials to Use for the Attached Deck Addition
Recently, the lumber industry has been providing pressure treated wood, which is said to be long lasting and more enduring against hostile weather conditions. Nevertheless, bear in mind that it is treated with chemical substances which are toxic and can lead to hospitalization if inhaled on a regular basis. This is not much of a concern with an open air deck but may present problems if you choose to build an enclosed deck or have people in your family who are very sensitive to exposure to these products.
Due to environmental concerns, the construction market has adopted alternatives such as composite decking (a mixture of two materials, typically wood pulp and recycled material such as plastic bottles or plastic bags). Unfortunately, this option still needs development as the material cannot be refurbished, contains toxins and attracts molding. Therefore, if you are an environmentalist, you might want to think twice before selecting a wood substitute.
Trying to avoid the complications of this sensitive decking material, some people choose concrete for their patio decks, thinking that it wouldn’t require any finish. However, this is quite far from the truth because even concrete is subjected to deterioration, getting worn or stained. Therefore, using a sealer will do you a double favor by keeping the attached deck cleaner and making it last longer.
In case you plan to use the attached deck for to host large numbers of people on a regular basis a good idea is to take rubberizing materials into consideration. What is certain is that many homeowners equip their concrete attached deck with an indoor/outdoor carpet in order to give it a warmer look and a more comfortable feel.
After adding a deck to your house you can choose some attractive patio or deck furniture, set up the barbeque and enjoy relaxing on your deck for years to come.