The use of decking to add extra living space to a house is very popular all across the world, and Ann Arbor is certainly no exception. The design style of the decks, however, vary from culture to culture.

When a homeowner in Ann Arbor is deciding whether or not to add extra outdoor living space to their home, the most popular choices are between adding a patio or a deck. There are certain factors that will determine whether their options are limited or not.

First Contractor Visit

When a contractor comes to your Ann Arbor residence to do an initial evaluation and give an estimate of how much the completed project may cost, he will be sure to do several things. First, he will ask the homeowner about their intended use of space. Second, he will evaluate the terrain of the site to see if what the homeowner wants is possible considering the local building codes. Third, he will give an estimate of the project based on what the homeowner wants. This is the time when the homeowner must re-evaluate their working project budget and their desires.

Deck or Patio?

When deciding between a deck and a patio, three major factors to consider are capacity, climate, and site. Knowing how much weight a structure will be expected to hold on a consistent basis can dictate which structure is safer considering its intended use. The climate of the environment will help to determine what type of material should be used to complete the project. The topography of the site will help to determine which construction project is more feasible. Decks are a better option if the terrain of the site is sloping, too hard or soft for digging. Ask your local Ann Arbor contractor what materials are right for your environment.

The Flexibility of Deck Design

Decks can be completed in more than 30 different design patterns. They can be multilevel decks which include areas for grilling, dining, lounging, pools/spas or they can be a single layer with defined areas. The areas can be defined using borders, by alternating the pattern of the decking boards, or by using built-in seating and planters as space dividers. Modular decking units can easily be incorporated into any existing layout design seamlessly. Decks are also no longer relegated to just the square or rectangular design. The deck can be designed in just about any shape imaginable, with curves that can wrap around a pool or simply resemble the shape of a leaf.

Wood and Composite Deck Material

In the past, decks used to be made mostly from wood. Hardwoods like red cedar, are the common go-to for long-lasting real wood. Pressure treated pine is also a very common option. Wood is still the most cost-friendly option, however, composite decking material has been trending within the last couple of years. The composite materials are made from a mixture of materials and offer very low maintenance with high performance with resistance to insects and climate issues. This composite decking receives high praise in aesthetics.

It has various color options with matching and coordinating railing. The decorating possibilities are endless and by simply adding color, a deck can go from classic to elegant. Contact Twin Oaks Landscape today for a free estimate for a deck on your Ann Arbor, Michigan property.