Decks increase home value and the pleasure of home ownership. With the advent of the ‘staycation’ decks are more popular than ever for backyard entertaining and relaxing. Here are four Woodlands deck design tips homeowners should take into account before breaking ground.

1. Consider the location carefully.

Review how the deck will be used, including traffic flow to and from key areas such as the grill, the kitchen and the bathroom.

2. Check zoning and building laws to see if building permits are required.

Some cities restrict deck size and style as well as require certain safety features such as lights. Expect that stairs and railings will be regulated for safety. Knowing the local laws will avoid problems later.

3. Think about lighting and incorporate it into deck design.

In-deck lights and post cap lanterns are two popular patio lighting features that require advance planning. Take the time to determine what the lighting needs for the deck are and evaluate how many built-in lighting elements will be used.

4. Understand the different types of decking material and their features and benefits.

Most homeowners use wood, but it does require re-staining every few years. Experts suggest using Woodlands composite decking because it is attractive and durable with very little maintenance required.

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