“I’ll be the first one to tell you that when we started talking about a deck, I thought the idea of hiring a deck designer seemed ridiculous,” Richard said. The Framingham homeowner is the proud father of three boys and two fur-babies, 2 golden labs named Ponder and Dysentary. “But then we started talking about how we’re going to have a deck that’s strong enough to stand up to this active gang and I realized I needed help. Who wants to build a deck only to have to rebuild it a few years down the road?”
Smart Deck Design: Composite Decking
When you have an active family, your decking materials choice matters a lot. The budget friendly option – white pine – is vulnerable to insects, moisture, rot, and the weather. Additionally, heavy traffic, whether it’s created by children or pets, takes its toll quickly on wooden decking.
A smart alternative is composite decking. This PVC-product is planet friendly, using recycled materials to create a sturdy, durable product that resists insects, moisture, rot and the weather. It comes in a variety of long lasting colors and never needs any maintenance beyond an occasional cleaning. Best of all, composite decking resists the wear and tear caused by heavy traffic.
Small Lots, Sloping Lots, & Other Deck Design Challenges
Anyone can build a square deck on a flat lot. But many times, particularly in the Framingham area, decks need to be built in challenging locations. Small lots require space-saving designs. A creative deck designer can fit a lot of functionality and comfort into a small space.
If you’re faced with a sloping lot or other construction challenges, working with an experienced deck designer will result in a superior deck that makes the most of the conditions. These projects tend to be a little bit more involved, which means the expertise of your deck designer really matters.