Planning and Material Selection for Wooden Decks in Gainesville, VA

Inspirations for Wooden Decks in Gainesville, VA

Have you been dreaming of adding a wooden deck to your Gainesville, VA home for about as long as you can remember?

The addition of outdoor living spaces (decks, porches, screen porches, and the like) is a great option that will not only increase your enjoyment of the property, but if and when you decide to sell and buy something else, those things will definitely enhance the value of your home.

Some people are committed “do it yourselfers” and will want to try adding a wooden deck to their Gainesville, VA home by themselves, possibly experimenting with unusual building materials like shipping pallets in an effort to “upcycle” and create something totally unique.

That’s possible, but most people just don’t have the time, or the skill set to do a project like that justice, which is why they start looking for a good, reputable contractor to help them. That’s where Hal Co comes in!

We’ve been in the business for more than thirty years, and have become the region’s most trusted contractor. We’ve built our reputation on our reliability, our fast, friendly professional service, and our hometown values.

Since we’re locally owned and operated, we don’t have to report to some far-flung corporate office, which means we have complete freedom when it comes to working with you to make sure that when you add a wooden deck to your Gainesville, VA home, you get exactly the design you want. Your design, your way, using the materials you prefer.

Starting the Process – Initial Planning & Materials Selection

When you’re ready to start, the first thing that will happen is that we’ll have one of our senior estimators sit down with you to talk about the possibilities.

How big is your dream deck? How do you access it from your house? Is it elevated, with stairs going down into the yard, or is it at ground level? Maybe you envision a deck that’s got multiple levels, or one that’s designed to take in a spectacular view from your property.

If it’s elevated, then you’ll probably want some kind of railing. What do those look like? Do you envision bench seating built into the deck? If so, where?

What material (or materials) do you want the wooden deck on your Gainesville, VA home built out of? Our go-to materials for decking are pressure-treated pine (a very eco-friendly option), red cedar, and an array of composite decking materials, but if you prefer to use something else, just let us know!

If you haven’t really considered any of these questions before now, and you’re struggling to come up with ideas, check out the Project Center on our website. There, you’ll find photos of some of our previous work. Our hope is that these will both inspire you and give you an idea of the quality of our workmanship.

As you can see, planning and building a deck is actually a lot more complex than first meets the eye. Sure, you can get a “cookie cutter” deck, but why would you want to?

So before the building process begins, we’ll work with you to make sure we’ve got a firm understanding of what you want, what your budget is, and how you want it to look at the end. Our estimator will draw up plans and estimate costs based on the conversations you have with him, and when you’re satisfied and approve of the final plans, we’ll begin.

The Building Process

This is the really fun part. Once everything has been finalized, we’ll send one of our veteran crews to your property and begin building. Every day, you’ll get to watch your dream take shape and slowly come to life right before your eyes.

Careful planning before the work begins is the secret ingredient that ensures the build goes smoothly, and that you end up with exactly what you wanted. Before you know it, the work will be finished, and you’ll be able to start enjoying the new wooden deck on your Gainesville, VA property!

And don’t worry, one of the things our customers love about working with us is the fact that we never leave behind a mess. We pride ourselves on leaving the job site (your home!) clean.

It Doesn’t End There (Other Services We Offer)

Once you’ve started enjoying the new wooden deck on your Gainesville, VA property, it’s very likely that you’ll be bitten by the outdoor spaces bug, and you’ll start thinking about other projects, improvements, and additions you’d like to make. When you do, and having experienced the quality of our workmanship firsthand, we hope you’ll call on us again to help turn those dreams into reality too. We offer a wide range of other contracting services including:


The addition of a custom porch makes a great accompaniment to the new wooden deck on your Gainesville, VA property, and the planning and build process is much the same. Our senior estimator will work with you to determine what your vision and budget are and the materials you’d like to use in construction.

As with decking, a new porch can be as simple or as complex as you’d like to make it. Perhaps, when you purchased your home, one of the things you didn’t like about it was the fact that the porch was quite small, and you had envisioned a wrap-around design.

Maybe it didn’t have a porch at all, and that was one of the things high on your wish list. Either way, we can work with you to design exactly what you want, and make sure it’s added in such a way that it blends seamlessly with your existing structure.

Have you always dreamed of having a nice screen porch that would allow you to enjoy the great outdoors while preventing bugs from enjoying you? We can do that too! As before, if you know you want a new porch, but are having trouble coming up with ideas, you can rely on the Project Center on our website for ideas and inspiration.


Fencing is another of our specialties. There are a lot of older farmhouses in this area, and often, if there’s an existing fence, it has fallen into disrepair. We can either fix what’s there or take it out and install something new.

Where fencing is concerned, again, there are a number of stock materials we can work with, from pressure treated wood, to steel or aluminum, or even wrought iron. But if your preference is for something else, as with the process of adding a new wooden deck to your Gainesville, VA property, the final choice is yours, and we can build your preferred fencing material into the project plan.

Whether you envision a low picket fence around the front, or an impressive privacy fence to block off a portion of your backyard, or anything in between, we’ve got you covered!

Roof Repair

It’s sad but true, no matter what roofing material is on your house, it won’t last forever. Age, snow loads, and debris that fall during storms can all take their toll and cause damage. When they do, you don’t want to leave the matter to chance, and you don’t want to settle for second best. You need a trusted expert you know you can rely on to fix the problem right the first time.

Once you’ve experienced the Hal Co difference by having us add a new wooden deck to your Gainesville, VA home, or working with you on some other project, you’ll know just who to call!

At the end of the day, there’s no better way to enjoy the great outdoors than with the addition of custom outdoor spaces, and that’s exactly what Hal Co specializes in. If you’ve got a dream you’d like to turn into a reality, put our decades of experience to work for you.

From adding a new wooden deck to your Gainesville, VA property, to porches, fencing, and roof repair, we’ve got you covered. Our friendly, professional staff will see that the job is done right, and we’ll work hard to make sure that we exceed your expectations on every job. Call us today!

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