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Add Value to Your Home with a Deck

cedar deck attached to a cabin backing on to a forested area
cedar deck

If you own a home in Red Deer or Central Alberta and your looking for a way to add value to it, consider building a deck, or upgrading an old one. Decks are an excellent addition to any property and can increase the overall value of your home.

In this blog post, we will discuss some things to consider about deck building whether you hire a carpenter or tackle the project yourself. We'll also provide you with some helpful resources that can make the process easier for you. So if you're thinking about adding a deck to your home, be sure to read this post!

What size deck do I need?

pressure treated deck with black spindles on a sunny day
pressure treated deck

Obviously, bigger is better, but the main things to consider are the size of your yard, and the size of your budget.

As lumber prices fluctuate and costs increase, a larger deck won't necessarily equate to a higher return on investment, so be sure to factor in all the costs before you start building. And remember: the larger the deck, the more maintenance it will require. The average size deck in Red Deer, Alberta is about 300 to 400 square feet. This amount of space will provide ample room for entertaining.

The next thing to consider is your budget. In construction the old adage "you get what you pay for" is very true. A cheaply built deck (smaller dimensional lumber, and skimping on material and fasteners) will result in a deck that won't last very long and will be prone to shifting and sagging. However, a strong well-designed deck will provide years of use saving you time and money in the long run.

What type of deck boards should I install?

When it comes to decks, there are two main types of materials used: composite and pressure-treated. Both have their own set of benefits and drawbacks that you should take into consideration before making a decision.

Composite decking is made from recycled materials, usually plastic and wood fibers. This type of decking is low-maintenance, durable, and easy to clean. They hold up well to an Alberta climate. Composite decks also come in a variety of colors and styles that can match any home. However, composite decks are more expensive than pressure-treated decks and can be slippery when wet.

Pressure-treated lumber is the most common type of decking material used in Red Deer. Pressure-treated lumber is treated with chemicals to extend its life and prevent rot, mold, and insect damage. This type of lumber is more affordable than composite decking but requires more maintenance. Pressure-treated lumber may splinter or crack over time. However, boards are much easier to replace, and it can also be stained and refinished.

The last thing to consider is the style of your deck.

Do you want a simple platform deck or something more elaborate with multiple levels? Do you need stairs leading up to it? Decks can be designed to match any home and any budget. Check out this deck design tool here.

Building a deck is a great way to add value to your home. By considering the size, type of materials, and style of your deck, you can create a space that is perfect for entertaining or simply enjoying the outdoors. Be sure to consult with a professional and get an accurate estimate of costs before beginning your project. With a little planning, you can create a deck that will add value to your home for years to come!

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