December 13

Designing a Deck


If you’re thinking of adding a deck to your home, congratulations! Decks are an excellent addition to your property. The design of your deck will make all the difference in its overall look and functionality. Planning and designing a deck that fits your family’s needs and complements your home is essential.

What to Consider When Designing a Deck

Local Building Codes

The first step is understanding all local rules and regulations, including setback requirements and building codes. It is imperative to comply with structural requirements as people have been seriously injured when poorly built decks collapse. Working with a knowledgeable contractor can eliminate the worry of designing your new deck. The experts at RainTight will make your dream deck a reality!

Decide on the Deck’s Purpose

The most critical factor in deck design is how you plan to use it. Will you be hosting lots of parties and barbecues? If so, you will want to ensure plenty of seating and room for people to gather. Will you need lighting to entertain at night? Would you like to include a built-in grill, hot tub, or other features?

Choose the Right View

You’ll use your deck more if the view is enjoyable and practical. You may need to be able to keep an eye on young children playing in the backyard. It’s also essential to ensure the view from inside your home isn’t obstructed by your deck. During the design phase, ensure that deck posts and other features don’t jut out in front of your windows and block the view. You’ll also want to make sure your deck isn’t positioned with a direct line of sight into your neighbor’s yard if possible. If you’re lucky enough to have a beautiful garden, a wooded lot, or a water view, orient the deck to take advantage of those views.

Keep The Sun in Mind

Your new deck will be more enjoyable and comfortable no matter the time of day if you plan for sun and shade. Full sun is fantastic when you want to sunbathe. However, you may prefer a shady part of your deck when you want to relax with a good book and your favorite beverage. If you plan to host family and friends, figure out the sun’s angle at the time of day you are most likely to entertain. Trees, umbrellas, and other shade elements can add shade and privacy.

Consider Safety for Users

Consider how many people will typically be using the deck at one time. You’ll want to ensure your deck and railings are solid and sturdy enough to handle their weight easily. If your deck is likely to be used by children, you’ll want to make it kid-friendly. Rounding off corners and adding a non-slip surface will make it safer for children and people with mobility issues. Adding proper lighting is another essential aspect of safety.

Which Features Are Most Important?

Focus on essential features, such as the highest-quality decking materials you can afford. If your budget allows, you can add almost anything to a deck. Popular features include built-in seating, an outdoor kitchen, or a focal area like a fire pit. Ensure your deck is large enough to incorporate the features you want. Consider what features will make your deck unique and customize it for you and your family.

A Beautifully Designed Deck Adds Value

Designing a deck to enhance your home will add curb appeal and have a great return on investment. Whether your deck is attached or separate from your house, make it an extension of your home by incorporating complementary colors and design elements. A well-designed deck will give you a beautiful and functional outdoor living space. Your family can enjoy the benefits of being outdoors without leaving behind all the comforts of home.

There are many things to consider when designing your deck. Working with an experienced deck contractor is the best way to ensure your deck lasts for years and fits your family’s needs.

Choose RainTight for Your Outdoor Living Needs

RainTight has unique solutions that allow you to enjoy your existing deck, patio, or porch regardless of the weather. Our team has decades of experience designing and installing custom-made underdecking systems, screen rooms, and patio covers. We can create a custom design that increases the value of your home, blends seamlessly with your existing architecture, and provides years of enjoyment.

RainTight’s headquarters and manufacturing facility is located in O’Fallon, Missouri. Since 2007, we’ve served clients throughout the greater St. Louis area. We are also pleased to serve clients in the Lake of the Ozarks region. Contact us online or call us at 636-242-6202 to discuss your needs and schedule a free consultation.


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