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Here are five important things you need to know before you build a deck in Arlington, VA.
First, the right deck material can make all the difference in creating a beautiful, long-lasting, minimal-maintenance deck. Spend wisely on woods, checking the grade to make sure it is the highest quality you can afford within your budget. Higher grade woods have less imperfections, and are easier to build decks with. Also be aware certain woods, like cedar, are naturally rot and pest-resistant, making them ideal for the support framework for your new deck.
Also learn about modern synthetic wood products, like PVC plastic, or plastic wood composite materials, that offer amazing advantages like water resistance, low-maintenance, and incredibly long life. When you build a deck in Arlington, VA consider the value that a composite deck might provide just in terms of annual maintenance alone.
Secondly, always check the legal plat for your property with current boundary lines clearly marked before you begin your deck plans. Local zoning codes and homeowner's association agreements often contain clauses that can impact the placement, position, or design of your new Arlington deck. Verify your facts, then contact a professional deck company to proceed with proper deck design and engineering plans.
Not all decks are built the same. Make a diligent search for information about potential decks contractors before you make contact. Today you can collect plenty of information about a deck company online. Learn about their reputation through customer testimonials, Angie's List, and government entities like the Better Business Bureau, just to name a few. Make sure you ask to visit a deck project they completed that is similar to your own. Ask questions, and get clarification on everything.
Fourth, think out your dream deck design. Will you entertain? Want some quiet space? How do you feel about "outdoor media," taking our big flat screens out to enjoy a movie or a game on the deck with friends? Do you want to add a hot tub or fireplace for fun on your deck even in cooler weather?
Lastly, when you build a deck in Arlington, Virginia consider installing a privacy screen, wall, or a built-in pergola to create heightened privacy around a hot tub or intimate dining or relaxation area. Low level unobstructed decks come alive with a built-in stone fireplace to heat up guests on cool October nights. And built-in low-voltage lighting is a magical deck safety feature for young and old alike.
If you have questions, or are ready to talk with a professional deck building company that has built thousands of decks over the past 32 years, give Hal Co a call. We work with you and for you, ensuring that you get the best possible deck value for your investment. We look forward to working together to build your deck in Arlington, VA.