3 Features You Should Consider for Your Outdoor Deck

If your home is missing an outdoor deck – and if you’re thinking about rectifying the situation with a new deck – you’re probably thinking ahead to the results. Long summer nights with friends, sitting in comfortable chairs and sharing good food and drink. Perhaps you’re thinking about morning coffee on the deck, or stretching out during a nice morning yoga or Pilates session. There are a hundred great uses for a new outdoor deck, and you might be looking ahead to all of them.

But not so fast. Have you really stopped and considered all of the different features, amenities and designs that are available for your outdoor deck? Once it’s built, it’s much more difficult (if not impossible) to make certain modifications. The importance of getting the design you want – before the deck is actually built – can hardly be overstated. Here are three features you should consider for your outdoor deck before you finalize your design plans.

1. Multiple tiers

It’s amazing what multiple tiers can do for the appearance and even functionality of your new outdoor deck. It’s a feature that many homeowners don’t consider, either because they worry it won’t be done tastefully or because they don’t understand the structure and aesthetic benefits – but multiple tiers truly can create a more dynamic and appealing outdoor addition to your property. It’s also possible to “delineate” different areas for your deck, such as an area for exercise and another for entertaining. Now that’s a valuable use of square footage!

2. A built-in fireplace

Built-in fireplaces are huge in outdoor decking right now – and for good reason. They’re relatively simple and affordable, yet they give any deck a super-luxurious look and feel. Built-in fireplaces are also great for long summer nights under the stars – without having to sit in the wet grass!

3. Powder-coated railings

Powder coating is a chemical process that add years of life and functionality to your deck’s railings. Like composite deck materials, powder coating is one of those things that more and more homeowners are learning about every year. Longevity is the main thing – powder coated railings can easily last a decade or more without any need for maintenance. But many homeowners also love the appearance and texture of powder coating.

The right advice from the right professionals

It can be difficult to know where to start if you’re just beginning your search for a quality outdoor deck builder. Depending on your location, you might find dozens of companies in your area. But they won’t all have the same level of experience, skill, and customer service. All three of these elements are crucial if you’re going to have the final result you want. A competitive bid is the other important factor – and hopefully the most reputable deck builder will also offer you the lower price. If this isn’t the case, it’s worth considering the reputability and experience level of the lowest bidder. Sometimes, saving a few dollars up front is actually the more costly approach when you look at the bigger picture.

Client Testimonials

J.Widener from Newton, NJ

“Outstanding team. Very impressed with the whole process and the most with my new beautiful deck!”

S.Long from Franklin Township, NJ

“The deck looks FANTASTIC. I still can’t believe that Deck Guardian was able to resurface my old, ugly deck. Our neighbors have stopped by to comment on how great the deck looks. The attention to detail, work ethic and professionalism set this company apart. I highly recommend Deck Guardian!”

M.Lewis from Fleminton, NJ

“We have received numerous compliments from Neighbor’s and friend’s who think that the finished project looks terrific. Not only do I appreciate the “quality job”, but I really appreciate the professional manner Skip handled all the details!”

L.Cohen from West Orange, NJ

“When I came home yesterday, I could not believe how amazing my newly resurfaced deck looked. Crew did an amazing job. It was also a pleasure to work with your salesperson, very professional and knowledgeable!”

S.Smith from Chester Township, NJ

“I’m completely impressed. I have dealt with my share of contractors as I have been updating my home for several years. Deck Guardian gets the gold medal. Deck Guardian restored my 10 year old deck & fence to a brand new condition. I am amazed!”

P.Tang from Westfield, NJ

“Deck Guardian Team did a good and pleasant job to give us a professional service and a beautiful new deck, without replacing it. We love the color and the way it feels like. Highly recommended!”

Kathryn Barchi from Piscataway, NJ

“My husband and I had recently moved into a new home and quite quickly we learned of so many things that both us and the home inspector missed prior to the purchase; the deck being one huge item. We quite desperately wanted to use our deck and know that it was safe for us, our kids, our pups, and our guests, which in the original state, was definitely not the case. Deck Guardian to the rescue! The Deck Guardian team, from the free estimate to the point of project close, were quite wonderful to work with entirely. They even pointed out additional things we had missed with regards to the safety of our deck. Of course, best of all, the Deck Guardian team was able to work within our budget, while giving us back our deck with a new lease on life. Deck Guardian far exceeded our expectations and for that, my husband and I can not thank them enough!!!”

Jessica Ravitz from Skillman, NJ

“Deck Guardian completed an amazing deck replacement project for us in less than 2 weeks after we signed our contract. Not only did they provide an extremely competitive price, we got a beautiful deck that so greatly exceeded our expectations! Everyone at Deck Guardian is wonderful – from the estimator, the crew and the administrative staff – very friendly, professional, meticulous and hard working. We are so pleased and give the highest recommendation!!! Thank you Deck Guardian!”

Paul Cichello from Bridgewater, NJ

“I contacted Deck Guardian and was given an estimate the very next day. The representative was very knowledgeable and fair. The workers were polite and professional. We are satisfied with our new deck and would recommend Deck Guardian to anyone who wants quality work.”