Creating an outdoor living space is on the rise in the US
Outdoor living is becoming an increasingly popular trend all across the United States. Many homeowners are adopting this outdoor living trend by adding decks or expanding their existing deck space. Decks are also becoming larger and more elaborate. Homeowners are showing more interest in larger decks and building decks with multi-story or multi-levels, which provide even more space. A deck with more available space provides homeowners with the usable space needed to construct outdoor kitchens, bars, lounging areas, pools, and more! These larger decks will sometimes use pergolas and walls, which look nice and also add some privacy. Some homeowners are even opting for additional foliage by using their decks as places to plant herb or container gardens. Strategically placed plants create a peaceful haven to escape from the stresses of life and enhance the natural beauty of the outdoor décor. All of these features will increase the value of a home and add to its owner’s enjoyment.
There are more decking materials on the market now than ever before
Deck boards are available in a variety of natural and synthetic materials from exotic hardwoods to rustic pine, ranging from a simple, traditional diagonal to a complex geometric design. Decks are defined as unroofed, floored areas that are attached to the exterior of a structure and typically located at the rear of a home. Deck boards are used to make the floor of the deck, as well as railing systems, and other built-in accessories, such as stairs, benches, and planter boxes. Even though Wood decking requires more maintenance and is less durable compared with other decking materials like Vinyl, (which accounts for the majority of plastic decking demand), natural wood still remains the largest decking material used today.
Decking Materials are broken out by:
- Pressure-treated wood (southern yellow pine, ponderosa pine, douglas, and hemlock fir).
- Other treated wood, such as cypress, Siberian larch, birch, maple, and ash.
- Tropical hardwood – such as ipe, mahogany, teak, tigerwood, cambara, garapa, cumaru, balau, and meranti.
- Untreated white oak and black walnut, as well as other types of oak.
- Plastic-type: wood-polyethylene and other combinations such as wood-PVC and wood-polypropylene.
- Surface treatment: capstock-coated and uncoated varieties.
- Capstock-coated composite decking is encapsulated with a plastic resin or an acrylic compound.
PVC Vinyl & Other Materials
- Plastic: vinyl, including both standard and cellular PVC.
- Polyethylene; polystyrene; polypropylene; and laminated PVC membranes.
- Other materials including fiberglass, aluminum, and other metals, concrete, stone, and non-wood composites.
Despite major gains in wood-alternative decking materials, wood still remains the most popular.
Because of its relatively low cost, aesthetic appeal, and familiarity with homeowners and contractors, wood decking remains the most popular. While PVC offers the surface texture and hue of wood decking but is much less impacted by degradation caused by exposure to the elements and mold growth. Standard PVC decking is predicted to increase as homeowners use vinyl materials for railing and other components. Wood-plastic composite is gaining popularity among homeowners because of the material’s durability and wood-like appearance. Lumber made from non-vinyl plastics often features high recycled content, which promotes use in public projects. The good news is that deck boards are available in a variety of natural and synthetic materials so you can express your design aesthetic with natural or composite wood material.
Decks give a whole new perspective to outdoor comfort
Far from the simple porches of the past, modern decks offer versatility and comfort, allowing you to enjoy your own little slice of nature and still offering the feeling of comfort and privacy. Outdoor living spaces are such a popular trend that it’s even a growing trend in those states that are not as seasonally friendly. Those of us in the cooler parts of the country can still join in on the outdoor fun year-round through the installation of fire pits, heaters, or even hot tubs for keeping warm outdoors in those colder months. A gas or electric heater can help you use your outdoor space year-round. Heaters can be mounted on walls, fences and ceilings. However, mounted heaters have to be hardwired electrically or to a gas line and you will want to hire a professional to make sure you get the wiring right.
Let Take2 bring your outdoor living space dream to life!
There are several good reasons to add a deck to a home, such as increasing the value, expanding living space, and upgrading the look of your surroundings. Adding a deck is a great way to enhance the value of your home and upgrade or expand your outdoor living space. At Take2 Remodeling, We offer designing and installation with the highest quality materials. Working directly with you, the homeowner, we create spaces that combine form, function, and style. Whether you’re leaning toward a classic hardwood deck or a modern composite deck, take2 can create the ideal outdoor space for your lifestyle and budget.