Three things you NEED to know about deck materials

Posted April 22, 2021 in 3D Design, Attached Roof System, Blog, Decks, Design/Build

A new deck can boost the value of your home, encourage you to spend more time outside, and help you create lasting memories with your family and friends. However, you will want to make sure your new deck doesn’t require a ton of time on maintenance and upkeep. This is why it is important to know the pros and cons of various material options before you begin deck construction. This will eliminate any surprises during the construction of your new deck.

Before you hire a deck contractor in the Lehigh Valley, here are a few things you need to know:

  • Pressure-treated wood decks require a lot of maintenance

The most commonly seen decking material is pressure-treated wood. This is because a new pressure-treated wood deck can be installed quickly and contractors tend to tell their clients that a pressure-treated wood deck is more affordable. However, if you’re considering a new pressure-treated wood deck you should know that you will probably waste time and money maintaining your new wood deck throughout its lifetime.

You deserve to enjoy your backyard and we don’t think you should waste your time sanding, painting, and maintaining your new deck! This is why we will make sure to fully understand your budget and desired maintenance commitment so we can help you select an attractive, functional, and low-maintenance material for your new deck.

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  • Check your local building codes before building a deck

Before you begin construction on a new deck, you will need to check your local building inspection office to learn the parameters for your new deck in Coopersburg, Pennsylvania. You will also need to provide at least two sets of construction plans and a site plan showing the location of the deck, setbacks, and distances from your home and property line.

We know obtaining approvals for your new deck can be challenging and we don’t think you should be left blindly navigating the process alone! This is why we take all the heavy lifting out of building your new deck in Coopersburg, Pennsylvania. We make transforming your backyard stress-free by handling all communication with your township or municipality, developing your plans, obtaining your building permits, managing any and all engineering, coordinating & overseeing your construction, scheduling your inspections, and more!

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  • You should know exactly how much your new deck will cost-no surprises!

Many factors affect the cost to build a new deck, such as level of finish, site preparation, decking, and finish materials selected. The standard for one company may very well not be the standard for another! With the wrong deck contractor in the Lehigh Valley, your construction costs can easily spiral out of control. This is why you should know exactly how your deck will be constructed and how much your new deck will cost before construction begins!

You should feel comfortable and confident with every decision about your new outdoor investment and we know you don’t want to be surprised with hidden costs during construction. By combining the design and build process we will provide you with a budget study that will provide a rough range of costs, laid out ala carte. This will help eliminate any surprises throughout construction and ensure you are completely comfortable with your investment before final pricing and construction begins! Our proven design/build process also allows you to break up the costs of your investment by phasing your build so you never feel overextended financially.

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Planning a new outdoor living space should be an exciting experience, but we get that it is a significant investment. So you might feel overwhelmed thinking about all the important details that will complete your new outdoor living space. You are not alone!

At MasterPLAN, we have partnered with hundreds of homeowners– just like you- to help them make all the important decisions about their new outdoor living space. We have worked with customers ranging from areas in the Lehigh Valley, Poconos, and Main Line of Philadelphia. Our proven process has helped them design and build award-winning outdoor living spaces that maximize their home value, help families fall in love with their home all over again, and made their backyard a magnet to life’s most important moments! 

Here’s how we do it:

Call –Schedule a design meeting!

Collaborate – Create your perfect plan!

ConstructionWith an approved design, construction starts!

Celebrate– Raise a toast in the backyard of your dreams!


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