There is no better way to relax and entertain in the outdoors than on a new deck. A custom-designed and professionally installed deck will add valuable outdoor living space that you and your family can enjoy for years to come. By planning your new custom deck with a professional contractor, you’ll get an outdoor living space that fits your family’s needs and lifestyle.
Here Are 7 Benefits of Adding a New Deck
1. Additional Living Space
A custom-designed deck will increase usable space and create a functional and beautiful outdoor living area for you and your family. Whether you want to relax, entertain small groups, or host big get-togethers, a deck adds valuable living space for a fraction of the cost of a traditional home addition.
2. Increased Home Value
Whether you’re planning to sell your home or not, adding a new deck can increase your home’s overall value. If increasing your home’s value is a chief concern when planning your new deck, consider the design and decking materials carefully. PVC and composite decks may be more attractive to potential homebuyers because of their durability and low maintenance costs.
3. Return on Investment
A new deck is often less expensive than other home improvement projects, but your family will get years of enjoyment from it. Outdoor living areas are a priority for many home buyers, so you will likely see a significant return on investment if you decide to sell your home.
4. Improves Your Home’s Appearance
Deck design has come a long way since the simple rectangular decks of the past. Today’s decks come in a wide range of materials, textures, and colors. Adding storage space for outdoor games and equipment keeps clutter out of sight. Deck lighting can improve the overall appearance and safety of a new deck. An experienced home remodeling contractor will ensure that your new deck complements your home’s architectural style.
5. Decks Are Customizable
The fully-customizable nature of a new deck is one of the biggest benefits of these types of home additions. A deck that meets all of your family’s needs is easily achieved with the help of an experienced home improvement contractor. Built-in fireplaces, outdoor kitchens, and spas are just a few ways to customize a new deck.
6. Relatively Quick Installation
You may have considered an addition or other renovations, but doing so often involves significant and lengthy disruptions. Unlike many home renovation projects, adding a deck is typically a quick process. With most of the construction confined to the outdoors, your family won’t be inconvenienced during the process.
If you want to increase your home’s usable square footage without the cost of a full addition, a deck may be the right choice. Installing a new deck is considerably less expensive and takes far less time than other home improvement projects.
Should You Build It Yourself or Hire a Professional?
With any home improvement project, homeowners are faced with the question of whether or not to do it on their own or hire a professional. YouTube videos, Pinterest, and home improvement shows tend to gloss over the actual cost of DIY projects. Materials, tools, and installation time are important factors to consider. It’s also important to be realistic about your skills. Consider the following:
Permits and Warranties: A common misunderstanding homeowners have is thinking that building permits only apply to professional contractors. Most building codes require permits and inspections regardless of who does the work. Professional contractors understand local and state building codes and will complete your new deck meeting all safety and building requirements. Major composite decking manufacturers offer excellent warranties; however, if their products are not installed to their specifications, the warranty becomes void.
Tools, Time, and Expertise: It’s important to honestly evaluate the amount of time building a deck on your own will take. Even deck kits can take a significant amount of time for the average DIYer to assemble on their own. Unless you are a skilled carpenter, you are likely to encounter costly problems or find that the steps aren’t as straightforward as they need to be. These problems can delay your project and result in additional costs. Building a deck requires numerous tools and expertise in using them. Unless you already own a circular saw, power drill, and other equipment, you’ll need to buy, rent or borrow them. If you’re working at a height, safety considerations are another significant factor to consider.
Accessibility and Safety: Special railings or walkways may be needed to increase the safety of a deck. Adding deck lighting, especially on stairs and around a spa area, is important to ensure a well-lit, safe walking area. Professional contractors are knowledgeable and will ensure your deck is fully accessible and safe for all family members.
Hiring a professional contractor to design and install your new deck gives you the peace of mind that your project will be completed right the first time. Improperly done work is often unsafe and can lead to costly repairs and frustrating delays. Benefit from years of experience by having a professional contractor install your new deck with your family’s safety and enjoyment in mind.
Work With a Locally Owned and Operated Expert
Banner Construction has been in business since 1993, beautifying homes throughout St. Louis and St. Charles Counties. We provide exterior restoration and replacement services, including James Hardie fiber cement siding, premium window replacements, and low-maintenance PVC decks.
We install capped PVC decks made with TimberTech AZEK™ Building Products. These decks provide the beauty of wood without the associated maintenance and upkeep. AZEK decking composites come in various finishes and colors and carry a 25-year limited warranty.
Banner Construction is proud of our outstanding reputation for excellence in customer service and performance. We have received the Guidemaster Award for Excellence several years in a row. This award is for reliable service and on-time and on-budget performance. 94% of our clients say they are likely to recommend us. Contact us online or call 314-356-9861 to schedule a free consultation.