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With almost endless deck designs to choose from, homeowners can do anything from performing a simple upgrade to completely transforming their outdoor spaces. Before you call a deck contractor, it can be helpful to do some research about the types of decks, materials, and styles. Once you have a basic idea of your needs, a professional can help you fully understand how to design your deck with perfection.

A great place to start your planning process is by researching the two simplest forms of decks: platform decks and one-level raised decks. Both deck designs can be made with any of the four materials available: wood, wood composite, vinyl, and PVC.

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Platform Decks

A traditional deck has foundation posts that are cemented below the surface of your yard beyond the edges of your home. These structural posts make your deck a permanent feature of your house and property. Platform decks will often require foundational posts.

Platform decks are most common for homes that have an entry point at the ground level. These decks can be built right on the ground, just beyond the back door of your home. They do not require handles, railings, or any sort of above-deck support structure because of the deck’s lack of height. Many homeowners choose to add railings and other features for aesthetic purposes.

Platform decks are the most simple of the design options as well as the most inexpensive. They create a beautiful transition from indoor to outdoor space when adjacent to your home, or provide a designated recreational area in another area of your yard without requiring support from another structure. 

Unfortunately, this design may not be possible due to your home or yard’s features. If your home has an entry point that is too high, for example, you will need to explore deck options that offer more stability and safety.

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Raised Decks

Unlike platform decks, foundation posts are required for raised decks. These kinds of deck designs are raised above the ground level. Because you can build raised decks at any reasonable height, they are the best option for homes with multiple levels. They also help create a more usable outdoor area for homes with entry points that aren’t level with the ground. For homeowners who want to create an outdoor space specifically for one room, such as a bedroom that isn’t on the ground level, raised decks are a great choice.

Due to the raised structure of these decks, they will require railings for safety. Depending on the style of your home and where you’d like your deck located, staircases may also be a requirement. Safety regulations differ according to where you live, so it is best to consult a professional for more information about which types of safety measures will be required and how they will affect your deck design.

Raised decks also may require a ground level cover, often using gravel or a small cement area. Requiring a foundation below your deck area will add to time and cost required for the project. Make sure to ask your contractor about these requirements as well as what you can do to help prepare your backyard space for the upcoming deck project.

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Design the Perfect Deck With Advance Inc.

Deck projects are an exciting way to upgrade your outdoor space by making it more usable and welcoming. Whether you’re choosing to build a deck to create a better pool area, seating area, outdoor kitchen, or another creative idea, remember to do your research and consult a deck contractor. 
No matter the deck project you’re dreaming up, call Advance Inc. to start discussing your options and set up an in-home consultation.

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