What are your home improvement plans for the summer?
With warmer weather right around the corner, you may be thinking of the projects you’d like to accomplish on your home improvement to-do list. Between gardening and lawn maintenance to painting the exterior of your home, there’s no shortage of projects you can do outdoors.
But did you know that building a new deck is one of the more worthwhile home improvement ideas you can accomplish this summer? If you’re ready to build a new deck, here’s what you can expect and what you should do to transform your backyard into the next best hang-out spot!
A New Deck: The Best Bang for Your Buck!
If you enjoy entertaining and spending time in the backyard, installing a deck is one of the best home improvement ideas. Homeowners who install a new deck can expect to get back nearly 75% of their investment in resale value!
A new deck adds value to your property because it serves as an additional feature that improves the livability of your home. It provides functionality in your backyard and is, in many ways, considered an extension of your living room, dining room, or kitchen. And while a labor-intensive project, it doesn’t take as long to build as other home additions.
Until you decide to sell your home, you’ll enjoy years of barbecues, picnics, and social gatherings outside in the comfort of your backyard. When you do decide to put your home up for sale, your deck will be a major selling point when home buyers look at your yard.
The Costs of Building a New Deck
Installing a deck is a labor-intensive project where costs hinge greatly on how big the deck is and what it’s made of. A mid-range 200 square foot composite deck will usually cost around $20,000. Installing railings and steps are other costs to take into consideration.
While wood may look beautiful and seem like a cheaper alternative to composite, it requires more maintenance and is prone to splitting, cracking, and warping.
Most composite material costs anywhere from $1.50 to $5.00 per square foot. While it may be more expensive, composite lasts long and is easy to install and maintain. Aluminum is another material that’s durable and cost-effective.
In an area like Madison, WI, where we experience rain and snow throughout the year, maintenance is something else you’ll want to consider before installing a new deck. In the fall, for example, you’ll need to make sure you’re sweeping your deck and removing fallen foliage and debris. If you decide to install a wooden or non-waterproof deck, you’ll need to stain your deck every spring after the snow has melted.
Customize Your New Deck for Your Lifestyle
There are all types of deck design ideas that will allow you to customize the experience and fit your lifestyle.
The type of stain you use on your wooden deck can reflect your personal style. Darker stains look great on a modern or industrial-style deck with rustic or metal furniture. A lighter finish is more suitable with lighter colors, white furniture, or flowers. You could also add a roof or railing.
If you’re a gardener who loves everything about flowers and plants, you can grow a garden and landscape around your deck. From ornamental grasses and small trees to flower bushes and bird feeders, there are all types of ways you can create a gorgeous landscape around your deck.
Do you love to entertain? Consider investing in a new grill and deck furniture so your backyard is the next best hang-out spot this summer. You can also hang up lights and lanterns on your deck and keep the good times going under the stars.
Are You Ready to Build a Deck This Summer?
Now is the time to start planning your deck building project this summer! If you’re ready to build a deck, get in touch with the team at W.E. Davies + Sons Remodeling, Inc. We’re happy to help you plan the deck of your dreams and see your project to the very end.