Installing new Chicago custom decks and outdoor living features is exciting. It allows you to extend your living area and completely transform your backyard. However, before you can enjoy all the benefits of decks and other living features, you have some decisions to make.
The installation of outdoor living features requires you to invest. The amount you spend on the project depends on several factors, including the materials you choose, the size of the project, and the time required.
Are you ready to explore the options and decisions you must make during a custom deck or outdoor living feature project? If so, keep reading.
Material Options for Your Chicago Custom Deck
When designing and constructing a custom deck, one of the most important decisions is the material used. Most customers are torn between two options – cedar and composites. Each has its benefits, and our team can help customers choose between these options based on their needs and budget.
Cedar is a great option for decking and has been popular for several years. Some of the benefits of cedar include:
- Aesthetic appeal
While cedar is a great option, there are a few potential negatives, too. For example, the wood can be dented and scratched easily by furniture and pet claws. It also requires ongoing maintenance and has some deterioration concerns.
Today, composite decking is one of the most popular options available for your deck. It can be considered an eco-friendly lumber alternative as it does not commit to deforestation. And of course, it offers a beautiful finish and minimal maintenance.
The specific benefits of composite decking include:
- Many color options
- Low maintenance
- Won’t rot or splinter
However, just like cedar decking, there are some potential drawbacks, too. For example, if you choose a low-quality composite decking, it may look fake. It is also slippery when wet and may sag more than wood. That is why we recommend going with a top manufacturer (more below).
Another important factor is fasteners. The latest trend in deck construction is hidden fasteners, which are appealing because they stay completely hidden from view. These fasteners are especially sought after for composite decks, as these are more expensive and luxurious.
Choosing Handrails for Your Deck
Another important aspect of Chicago custom decks is the handrails. Rails are available from many companies, including TimberTech and Westbury. Posts are yet another consideration, and some customers also choose pipe, steel cable, or cedar posts, which are nice options as well.
Along with deciding on the material and fastener styles, you also have to choose a material manufacturer. Some of the top options include:
- Moisture Shield
While Moisture Shield has been around for a while, it is a new brand to the Midwest and offers several appealing benefits. What’s really nice about this brand is the cool deck technology that is available. Your deck remains 35% cooler than decks built with other materials during the summer months with this material.
Additional Outdoor Living Features
When it comes to outdoor living features, you have options besides a traditional deck. Some of the other outdoor living projects our team handles include:
- Three season rooms
- Four season rooms
- Covered decks
We also handle the additional features for these outdoor living spaces, such as raised beds, dinner boxes, benches, steps, post lighting, firepits, and more. Our goal is to provide comprehensive outdoor living space design and construction.
Call Us for Your Chicago Custom Deck and Outdoor Living Space Needs
There’s no reason to settle for second best. With the help of our team, you can enjoy a beautiful, durable, and long-lasting outdoor living space that exceeds your needs and expectations while sticking to your budget.