Wood decks are attractive to potential buyers because they increase the usable living area of a home while greatly enhancing the beauty and functionality of the outdoor living space.
Wood decking is very affordable compared to other options on the market. For example, a deck made with manufactured materials (such as PVC or composite decking) can cost three to five times more than a comparable deck made with real wood. Not only is wood decking affordable, it is also a good investment: homeowners who add a wood deck to their outdoor space can recoup nearly 81 percent of the cost of the project when they sell the home.
According to the North American Retail Hardware Association, pressure-treated lumber is the go-to choice for your deck’s substructure (the posts, beams and joists that hold up the deck) and what contractors overwhelmingly use. This is due to its load-bearing strength and affordability.
There are several styles of decks, and you can choose the one that’s best for you based on how you plan to use the deck, as well as the characteristics of your outdoor space.
Ground Level Deck
The ground level deck provides the simplest way of expanding living space outdoors. Attached to the house or freestanding, these decks are particularly effective in providing usable space over damp, rocky or uneven terrain. If attached to the house, this type of deck can provide easy indoor/outdoor access for you and your guests. Shallow pools, tubs and planters can be set into the deck, and even hot tubs or gazebos can be integrated into the deck space.
If you struggle to take full advantage of your yard due to sloped or uneven terrain, a raised wood deck can extend your livable area into previously unused space. Terraced wood decks can take the best advantage of the lay of the land, safely stepping down from house to ground level in an easy and aesthetically pleasing descent.
You don’t need to have a yard to enjoy a wood deck. If you live in an urban location where living space is a premium, a roof deck can help add square footage to your home, while also letting you spend time outdoors and, if you’re lucky, enjoy a beautiful view.