Planning Areas Before Installing a New Deck, Part 1

Whether you’re looking to improve your home’s functionality and aesthetics or you’re thinking about increasing home value, a great investment for many homeowners is a deck installation. At the same time, this is a job that requires proper planning and preparation, generally including professionals, to ensure you receive a safe, high-quality deck that will stand the test of time.

At Utah Fence Warehouse, we’re here to help. We offer a wide range of deck and railing services in addition to our fencing solutions, assisting clients with everything from material sourcing to installation if they so desire. We also offer expertise and suggestions for DIY projects if you prefer to go this route. In this two-part blog, we’ll talk about several areas you should strongly consider in advance of building a new deck on your property, whether you’ll be taking on the project yourself or hiring our contractors to perform the installation for you.

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Proper Research

For starters, the overarching theme of this series will be taking the time to do the proper research on every area of your desired deck. From materials chosen to the dimensions of the deck and the processes used during installation, you want to ensure there are no mistakes made or areas missed – these can lead to major future costs in terms of repairs or upkeep. By doing the proper research ahead of time, you save yourself major future headaches and get a high-quality deck exactly how you envisioned it.

Layout Considerations

The first major area of research to perform is regarding the layout you want the deck to take, plus how this complements the yard it’s being installed in. You should be thinking about the dimensions of your yard and how much of that will be impeded upon by the deck, plus factors like the climate in your area and the purpose you want the deck to serve.

In our next section, we’ll look at some of the common needs homeowners have for their decks – a factor that plays a big role in helping you make your primary choices from here.

Needs and Solutions

Some of the most common deck purposes and needs include:

  • Flooding risks: For homes that have had flooding concerns in the past, whether near the foundation or other areas, a raised deck is often a good choice to protect from these risks.
  • Story access: Some homeowners desire deck access on multiple stories, in which case a multi-story deck is a great option.
  • Sloping or uneven yard: This is another case where using multi-level decking often comes in handy.
  • Trees or other obstacles: There are ways to incorporate trees into your deck design through the use of platforms – our team will be happy to explain how this works.

For more on how to properly plan for a new deck, or to learn about any of our fencing contractors or other services, speak to the staff at Utah Fence Warehouse today.