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Here at the Hal Co Resource Center find everything you need to know when you are learning about how to research, plan, select, design, and manage your outdoor home improvement project. Materials, permitting, HOA covenants, zoning regulations, building codes, environmentally sound construction techniques, industry news, and local information of interest are just some of the ideas waiting for you to explore.
Not all decks are built the same. At Hal Co, our deck professionals have built thousands of decks in Northern Virginia over the past 32 years. We know a lot about this process that we’d like to share with you.
When you decide to build a deck, or any outdoor addition, make a diligent search for information about deck contractors before you make any contact. You can collect information online. Learn about their reputation, check customer testimonials, Angie's List, and government entities like the Better Business Bureau. Make sure to verify their business license, current insurance coverage, and any industry certifications relevant to your deck project.
Check the legal plat for your property with current boundary lines before you begin deck plans. Municipal zoning regulations and homeowner's association agreements can impact the placement, position, or design of your new deck. Once you verify your facts, then you can select a professional deck company, such as Hal Co, to proceed with your deck design and engineering plans.
Really think out your deck design. Do you entertain? Need quiet space? What about storage? Any interest in "outdoor media," taking your big flat screen out to enjoy a movie or a game on the deck with friends? Do you want a hot tub or fireplace to enjoy your deck year round? These answers will drive a functional deck design and a preliminary budget.
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 best quality your budget can afford. Higher grade woods have less imperfections, and are easier to use. Also, be aware certain woods, like cedar, are naturally rot and pest-resistant, making them ideal for the deck support framework.
Learn about modern synthetic wood products, like PVC plastic, or plastic wood composite materials, that offer amazing advantages like water resistance, low-maintenance, and long life. Consider the value a composite deck might provide in terms of annual maintenance.
Adding a privacy screen, partial wall, or built-in pergola with vines can create lush privacy around a hot tub or an intimate seating 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 practical deck safety feature that adds visual nighttime drama.
If you have questions, or are ready to talk with a professional deck building company, give Hal Co a call. We work with you and for you, ensuring you get the best possible deck value for your investment.
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