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The Ultimate Deck Guide: Design Ideas and Maintenance Tips for Boston Area Homeowners

Updated: Apr 24, 2023

A well-designed deck can provide a beautiful outdoor living space for homeowners, making it a perfect spot for entertaining, relaxing, and enjoying the outdoors. We're sharing some design ideas and maintenance tips to help you create the perfect deck for your Boston area home.

Design Ideas:

  1. Style: Consider your home's style and your personal preferences when designing your deck, take cues from your home's architecture and choose materials and design elements that complement your home's style.

  2. Multi-Level Deck: A multi-level deck can add visual interest and functionality to your outdoor space. By creating separate zones, you can designate areas for different activities, such as dining, lounging, and grilling.

  3. Built-In Seating: Incorporate built-in seating into your deck design to provide a comfortable and stylish spot for guests to relax. Benches, planters, and even storage can be seamlessly integrated into your deck design.

  4. Privacy Features: Add privacy features such as lattice screens, tall plants, or a pergola to create a secluded outdoor oasis for your home.

  5. Outdoor Lighting: Incorporate outdoor lighting into your deck design to extend the usability of your outdoor space into the evening. Consider options like string lights, post lights, or stair lights to create a warm and inviting atmosphere. High end railing systems also come with built-in lighting options.

Maintenance Tips:

  1. Regular Cleaning: Keep your deck clean by sweeping away leaves, dirt, and debris. Periodically wash your deck using a mild detergent and water to remove grime and prevent mold and mildew growth.

  2. Inspect and Repair: Inspect your deck regularly for any signs of damage, such as loose or rotting boards. Address any issues promptly to prevent further damage and maintain the safety and longevity of your deck.

  3. Stain and Seal: Protect your deck from the elements by applying a high-quality stain or sealant. This will help preserve the color and condition of your deck, as well as prevent rot and insect damage.

  4. Address Snow and Ice: During Boston's snowy winters, it's essential to promptly remove snow and ice from your deck to prevent damage. Avoid using salt or other chemicals that can harm your deck's surface and opt for a plastic shovel to avoid scratching the wood or composite material.

Composite and PVC decks are a great, low maintenance option. They are worth considering if you don't want to deal with rotting boards and sealing your deck every year.

Keep these tips in mind. You can create a beautiful and functional deck that enhances your home's outdoor living space. When you're ready to start your deck project, be sure to consult with a professional contractor to ensure the best results for your home exterior.

If you're interested in learning more, reach out to us!


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