Creating a dream deck as an addition to your home is both challenging and fun! Because this addition is so important you need to do your research. Numerous choices are available for the kind of decking materials, colors, and design elements available for your dream deck. Keep in mind an attractive and inviting deck also increases the value of your home.

Here are some tips to make your deck the best in Ontario.   

The first place to start your deck building journey is with the decking selection. Wood used to be the only choice so you didn’t have to do a lot of research about this decision. Now there are numerous natural surface choices as well as a wide array of artificial decking materials. Most homeowners want to strike a balance between costs and appearance. Wood is authentic and natural.  The artificial decking materials may extend the life but are not very green or authentic.

Hardwood decking selections in Ontario are plentiful. Hardwood decking suppliers are widely available.   It is important to visit a supplier so you can touch the various kinds of materials. Due to the affordability and versatility wood is still the most popular choice by homeowners for decks.  Natural wood decking boards are durable and not as expensive as a lot of other materials. Keep in mind there are a lot of different kinds of wood. Woods come in different grades and varieties. For example, cedar, pine and mahogany wood.  Mahogany is a popular choice because it cost less than any other outdoor wood and is beautiful and durable. Fijian mahogany wood is sustainable and offers resistance to rot and insects. Pre-treated mahogany can be added to extend the life of the deck.  With whatever wood you settle on you can stain the planks in a color of your choice and change the stain if you desire a change for your deck.

Technology has made it possible to use synthetic materials such as vinyl. The composite materials are more expensive and do not look or feel like real wood. It is a matter of choice and budget.

In designing your deck take into account the shape and style of your home. If you want to add deck space but don’t have a lot of room, consider different levels. Also, consider the color palate of your home and coordinate your deck materials to blend well with your home.  Buy a few planks and stains and test them at home to get a feel of what looks best.

Safety is also a consideration so research the type of railings that fits your needs. There are a variety of choices from wood to synthetics. One of the current trends is to use different materials for the railing and steps.

It is important to study all of the options before making your final decision in creating your ideal outdoor space. Get started today on planning your home deck.