Are you considering hiring a deck contractor in Loudoun County ? Before hiring a deck company, be sure to consider the type, size, design and budget by completing the simple steps below:

With residents of Northern Virginia enjoying all four seasons, the addition of a deck ensures homeowners can enjoy more time outdoors through the year. Whether grilling, hosting outdoor parties, or simply wanting to enjoy more time in nature, homeowners who invest in building a new deck not only enjoy their backyards more, but increase their home’s value as well.

 

Step 1:Deck Design Inspiration

The first step is to find inspiration for deck designs you love. Whether you want a standard wooden deck, a Trex deck, or a beautiful, custom curved deck, there are many place to browse popular deck designs to find the one more appealing for your Loudon County home. Look around your neighborhood and nearby communities for inspiration. Sites like Pinterest, or deck image galleries like the one on our site can also be incredibly helpful.

Step 2: Selecting Deck Material

Once you have a general idea as to what you want your deck design to look like, the ideal color or look, and the size, the next important factor to consider, is the type of decking material you should choose. Perhaps you have googled “decking material” and are overwhelmed by the many types of decking. After all, which deck material is the best? Are there certain decking materials that lend themselves well to the climate in Virginia? Selecting the right material for your deck is as important as the deck design itself. Whether you choose wood, composite, PVC or another type of material will affect the longevity of your deck, the cost and warranties. Keep in mind that the type of decking material will also affect texture, color and installation as well.

Popular Types Of Deck Material

Wood

Many homeowners prefer wooden decks. With so many types of wood to choose from, these decks come in a variety of colors and designs, while also looking natural and being a strong material. While you will generally save money initially by selecting a wooden deck, there is more ongoing maintenance, such as staining, cleaning and sealing – important considerations to keep in mind. No matter the type of wooden decking you choose, if maintained properly, a wood deck should last decades. With all wood options, be sure to select woods certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, which indicates that sustainable practices have been used to harvest the wood. Finally, if you are looking for a DIY deck, a wooden deck is a great option, as there are many straight forward installation guides and books to use as reference.

Popular types of wood used for decks:

  • Cedar
  • Cypress
  • Redwood
  • Southern Pine
  • Fir
  • IPE
  • Ironwood
  • Balau

Composite Decks

Trex decking is perhaps the most well-known brand in the composite deck category. Especially popular in many Northern Virginia homes, composite decks come in a variety of styles, colors and sizes, while being fairly low maintenance. What is a composite deck made of? Composite decking is made with recycled materials such as wood waste and plastic sacks, which also makes them fairly weather-resistant. It also comes in a variety of colors and styles. Installation can be a bit more complicated, as Trex, TimberTech and composite decks can require special fasters and install techniques. These types of decks also incredibly durable, don’t require annual staining or painting, and are resistant to rotting. Regular seasonal cleaning will prevent mildew on composite decks.

PVC Decks

PVC, or polyvinyl chloride decking is 100% recyclable and is a popular choice because it doesn’t rot, stain or fade. Plastic decks are favored as they are cheaper than composite decks but are very similar in their look and feel. From a distance a PVC deck may look like wood, but when you stand on it, it doesn’t feel like a wooden deck. Fiberon Paramount PVC decking is becoming increasingly popular, and is available in a variety of colors and most mimics natural wood. AZEK is another major PVC decking manufacturer that offers limited lifetime warranties on their decks.

If you have any questions on custom deck designs, installation or need assistance creating your dream deck, contact our expert deck building team today!

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