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To Deck or Not to Deck: Weighing the Pros and Cons of Adding a Deck to Your Home

March 17, 20233 min read

Background information on decks:

While you can upgrade your home in a number of ways, adding a gorgeous outdoor deck is an excellent solution for hosting events and spending quality time with friends and family. Adding a deck to your home improves its aesthetics and outdoor décor, making it more appealing to your family, friends, and others.

There are many different decking options. There is the wrap-around deck on every southern home in the movies; there is your typical suburban deck that is just in your backyard; there are multi-level decks; and there are custom-made decks. To put it simply, if you can dream it, they can build it. Building a deck is a practical, reliable, and cost-effective way to increase your home's value. Research shows that a homeowner can recoup over 75% of their return on investment (ROI) by adding a deck to their home. Building a deck allows you to add outdoor living space to your home.

Although adding a deck to your home may seem like an excellent idea, you should first decide if it is an excellent idea for YOU. To help you with that decision, here are a few pros and cons.

Pros/Cons: 👍👎

👍 Pro: One of the biggest pros is that adding a deck increases the overall value of your home. As we said earlier, homeowners can see a 75% ROI just by adding a deck to their homes.

👎 Con: Adding a deck means more maintenance for your home. A deck is not something that you can just leave alone. You need to take care of it, or it will eventually just rot away.

👍 Pro: It works well on uneven terrain. If you are looking for a way to upgrade your backyard, but landscaping is not an option, a deck may be the way to go.

👎 Con: You may need a permit. Many towns and cities have different terms and may require a permit before building a deck, which may mean a fee and a waiting period.

👍 Pro: It is a great place to hang out in warmer weather. Having a deck means you have a comfortable place to be when you have people over or when you just want to spend time with your family. It is off the ground, which means it is away from dirt and bugs.

👎 Con: While it does add value to your home, adding a deck is not cheap. While the price depends on the material, decks are usually more expensive, with an average cost of $30 per square foot for high-end decking materials. If this is something you want to do, you must be prepared for the cost.

Even with all of these pros and cons, adding a deck is still not a simple decision to make. Take the time to talk it over with your family before saying yes to the deck.

Conclusion👏 :

Adding a deck means that you are adding a major part to your home. It’s where you would spend warm summer evenings relaxing with your family and sharing a meal with them on the weekends. If you decide to take the plunge, you want the material of your deck to last as long as possible. You want it to stand up to summer storms as well as winter elements. The most effective way to protect your deck is to have it stained on a regular basis. The deck staining professionals at Renaissance Contracting® have helped countless homeowners keep their decks weather-resistant and visually appealing. So call today to get your newly built deck professionally protected.

Alex Suhr

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