More planning and consideration may go into building an outdoor deck than, say, an indoor bathroom. Besides determining it’s a deck you want instead of a patio, you will need to establish a budget, select material, find a space to build it, and determine whether it is a DIY project or you’ll need to hire a professional.
There are many things to take into consideration before planning and starting to build a deck.
Should you go with wood or composite decking? Like any big purchase, decking materials vary in looks, durability, and cost. Start your research here, becoming familiar with types of wood and synthetic decking. Another thing to think about—you might want to use certain types of lumber or decking for structural parts of your deck project, and other decking timber for surfaces and railings—the parts that will be more visible and upon which you will walk.
Composite decking is an alternative to all-wood decking and is made of materials that can include recycled and new plastic, bamboo, and wood fibers. Many composite decking products have evolved as a reflection of the environment in which we live and are green, eco and LEED qualified or certified.