One of the first decisions you will need to make when building an outdoor deck is the type of material you want to use depending on both your budget, home style, and personal taste. Because a deck is a major investment and a large feature of the home, making a wise choice can mean the difference between a long lasting, beautiful addition to the outdoor living space of your home, or a deck that is unpleasant and detracts from the home’s curb appeal. There are several factors to consider when choosing which material is best suited to your home, neighborhood and will add value to your home.

The first thing to consider is the style of your home, and which materials would compliment it nicely. If you live in a rustic, log-cabin style home, then choosing material such as timber or rough cut wood is a great idea and could tie in well with the rest of the house. Because the material plays such a major visual role in the deck, ensuring it helps raise the value of the home, and doesn’t detract from the curb appeal, is very important.

Another major consideration is your budget for the project, and what are able to invest in it. If, for example, you chose to build a rustic style deck with timber, the type of wood you chose will make a big difference as far as cost is concerned. Opting for hard wood, such as oak, redwood or cedar, will make a beautiful deck but will cost significantly more than treated pine. Ensuring you build within your budget will help you ensure the project is able to be successfully completed on time, without breaking your wallet.

If your outside deck is raised, required railings for safety you will be faced with several choices, from wrought iron ornamental rails, to custom built wooden railings. Once again, selecting materials that will last a long time, contribute to the curb appeal of your home, and fit within your budget is key. Avoid choosing the cheapest options as in most cases you will get what you pay for, a railing that isn’t as safe as it should be and needs constant repair.

Adding an outside deck to your home is a great way to expand your usable living space, and create an area for cookouts, and hanging out with your family. Choosing the right material for the job is extremely important, and can mean the difference between a deck that raises the value of your home and one that detracts from it. Ensuring that the style and materials you chose match the style of your home and neighborhood is key to a well thought out deck.

Once you have settled on the materials you want, chose an option that fits well into the budget you have set for the project. In doing so you will get the best deck for your home, and create an outdoor living space you will be able to safely enjoy for years to come.