How to choose the right material for your deck

Posted July 15, 2021 in 3D Design, Blog, Decks, Design/Build

A deck can be the perfect location to host your next dinner party, relax with a great book, or take your work outside. However, some decks could come with future issues like rotting, splinters, or warping. To avoid costly repairs, it is important to know how your deck material will hold up over time and understand how much maintenance it will require. This way you can ensure that you have all the information before your new deck is built.

Here’s how the design/build process can help you select the best material for your deck:

  • Select Low Maintenance Deck Materials

Decking has evolved and new material options have eliminated the need to settle for an old wood deck that requires annual maintenance and getting painful splinters. Unfortunately, some contractors have incentives to sell certain types of materials and might not always provide you with the right and best material options.

  • Choose a deck material that complements the architecture of your home 

Your home’s architecture should be a major factor when selecting the right material for your new deck in Center Valley. However, if you choose the same color or something too similar to your home’s exterior, it will lack contrast and could be difficult to maintain.

Choosing a complimentary tone will ensure that your new deck has just enough contrast to create a natural architectural connection to your home. The ideal deck color scheme will depend on a variety of factors, but you will want to carefully consider your home’s existing color palette, exterior features, and how you plan to change your home over time. MasterPLAN’s 3D Design video enables you to explore all your options with full-color life-like imagery so you can see exactly how the color schemes will look and feel how your new deck in Northampton County, Pennsylvania will connect to your home.

  • Hide your fasteners for safety and aesthetics

Traditional wood decks in Northampton County, Pennsylvania have hardware installed all over to keep the wood secured. Oftentimes, this hardware is raised, which could cause safety hazards and painful injuries. If you have ever stubbed your toe on a bolt, stepped on a loose deck screw, or brushed against a bent nail on an old deck you know how painful and frustrating it can be.

Concealed fasteners will give your new deck the look and feel you want that promotes safety and comfort so you never need to worry about walking around your deck barefoot. By eliminating visible screws you will enjoy a sleek and smooth deck surface that is easy to maintain.

Designing and building a new outdoor living space should be an exciting experience, but we get that you don’t want to work with a contractor that will waste your money and you don’t want to get stuck wasting your valuable time managing multiple crews, contracts, permit applications, and other important details.  You are not alone!

At MasterPLAN, we have partnered with hundreds of homeowners – just like you – to eliminate the stress and hassle when transforming your backyard into an outdoor living space in the Lehigh Valley.  We make your unique journey stress-free by using our award-winning design/build process to handle all communication with your HOA and township, develop your plans, obtain your building permits, manage any engineering, schedule your inspections, and so much more!

Here’s how to do it:

Call: Schedule your meeting!

Collaborate: Create your perfect plan!

Construction: With an approved design, construction starts!

Celebrate: Raise a toast to your transformed home and the new life that comes from it!


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